Star Collingwood trio cleared to play

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury was given the all clear from his surgeon on Thursday, raising hopes he might face Greater Western Sydney on Saturday at Giants Stadium.

Pendlebury underwent surgery on a broken finger he sustained in the Pies' thrilling one-point victory over West Coast last week.



Coach Nathan Buckley confirmed the skipper ran well during Thursday's training session and that it would be up to him if he wanted to play.

"He got the all clear from the surgeon this morning in regards to the wound itself. So it’ll just be a case of whether he feels he can complete everything that he needs to or be able to handle what the game's going to ask of him," he said.

Providing an update on further injuries, Buckley said that both Taylor Adams and Jeremy Howe were "right to go".

Adams signed a new long-term deal with the Pies on Wednesday that will tie him to the club until 2024 despite only having played five games this season.

The midfielder has been frustrated by his lack of game time after he sustained an adductor injury that has had him sidelined for the past 11 weeks.

In June, Adams' long recovery caused him to break down on the training track and he later spoke of the leadership and support Buckley was able to provide.

The coach said it was important to manage expectations and encouraged his team to understand that life does not always "give us what we want all the time".

"'Tay' [Adams] was going through those emotions I suppose of expectation and what he wanted the scenario to be. But he’s still a young fella who’s learning to balance up that expectation with the reality," Buckley said.

"He, as we all do, has his moments … But right now it’s all sunshine and lollipops. It’s blue sky and he's looking forward to getting back into it."

Collingwood defender Darcy Moore was added to the injury list this week with a hamstring issue and Buckley said he would focus on fitness until he was ready to go.

"Actually the injury is relatively minor … it’s a matter for him to make sure he treats it accordingly and makes sure he gets back up to speed," Buckley said.

On veteran midfielder Daniel Wells, the coach said there was a chance he could be part of the Pies' finals campaign.

"That's his endeavour and it has been ours for the whole recovery," Buckley said.

"And I have no doubt that the cameo – more than a cameo – in the Sydney game whet his and our appetite for potential of being able to return at the back end of the year at some point."

Buckley said a PCL strain was a significant injury to come back from but noted he was going "really well" and there were a number of positive signs in his recovery.

"To be out there running around with his teammates, doing skills drills, to be working on his agility and his short speed which is clearly where his assets lie and to be building his fitness base back up again, they're good signs," Buckley said.

Buckley also said that first-year draftee Nathan Murphy would play VFL this week after struggling with a back injury.

"He wouldn’t have pictured the struggles that he would have physically and the setbacks that he’s had to endure," Buckley said.

"So to get to this stage of the year and playing his first game, he’s feeling pretty good about it. We’re looking forward to having him."

On the game this Saturday, Buckley was quick to point out the challenges that lie ahead, saying GWS was a talented team, played to a strong style and had a home-ground advantage.

"We acknowledge the fact they have won a lot of games of footy over a number of years," Buckley said.

But he said Collingwood would treat the week like any other.

"It’s about making things consistent, not about who’s on the other side," he said.

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