Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe expects Will Hoskin-Elliott and Darcy Moore to both play against West Coast on Sunday.
Hoskin-Elliott suffered what seemed to be a serious leg injury in the win over Essendon last week, but has been named in the extended squad for this weekend’s top-four clash against the Eagles.
“We had main training yesterday and Will participated in that and got through unscratched and looked good to go,” Howe told SEN Afternoons.
“From all reports, he trained well, he looked good at training, so personally, I would be surprised if he didn’t play.”
With West Coast welcoming back forward trio Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling and Mark LeCras, Howe says it’s a good time to get Moore back, who hasn’t played since Round 8 due to injury.
“Darcy Moore played reasonably well in the VFL and he put his hand up for selection,” Howe said.
“If he gets the all clear, I think he would potentially have the ability to come in.
“It’s probably a good week to come in seeing as though they’re going to be reasonably tall.”
Howe also conceded the Magpies’ defence will be battling for size, forcing smaller bodies to change their roles.
“For us defensively, we are probably a little bit undersized but in saying that, I think young (Matthew) Scharenberg has really stepped up,” he said.
“He has probably played undersize for majority of the year, playing on the second talls while Dunny (Lynden Dunn) was handling the big fellas.
“We are going to be in a position where blokes like myself and Tom Langdon are going to have to play a little bit taller.
“They’ve got a potent forward line and we are going to have to step up as a back six. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
Listen to Jeremy Howe’s chat with Rohan Connolly on SEN Afternoons in the player below