Collingwood will be significantly boosted on Monday night with stars Jordan De Goey and Adam Treloar to return against Gold Coast.
The pair will both train with the selected side on Saturday evening on the Sunshine Coast before lining up against the Suns at the Gabba on Monday.
“They’ll have a run around this evening at match time,” Magpies coach Nathan Buckley said on Saturday.
“We’ll have our VFL squad have a hitout with Gold Coast this afternoon so we’re pretty much only having our selected side having a run around this evening.
“And both Jordie and Adam will be in that mix or with that group and playing on Monday.”
Buckley said De Goey – who has not played since kicking five goals against Geelong in Round 7 with a finger injury – was right to go.
“We understand there’s a little bit of a risk with re-injury, but the surgeon was happy for him to get back to contact work and playing,” he said.
“He’s done a fair bit of touch over the past couple of weeks, so getting that hit out earlier this week was the final step.
“There were no concerns so he’s ready to go.”
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Midfielder Brayden Sier (quad) remains a “week or two away” from a return.
Star Steele Sidebottom is still in Melbourne awaiting the birth of his first child, but the Magpies remain hopeful he’ll return this season.
CONIGLIO AXED IN GIANT SELECTION SHOCK
Greater Western Sydney has swung eight changes for its must-win clash with Melbourne on Saturday, dropping five players including captain Stephen Coniglio.
Ruck recruit Sam Jacobs and youngsters Lachie Ash, Jackson Hately and Jye Caldwell have also been dumped, while forward sensation Jake Riccardi has been managed.
Stars Josh Kelly and Zac Williams headline the ins for the Giants after recovering from separate injury concerns and Jack Buckley will make his debut.
The Demons have made three changes of their own, dropping big man Braydon Preuss and Toby Bedford while experienced defender Michael Hibberd is out with injury, making way for Neville Jetta, Mitch Brown and Charlie Spargo.
It means key forward Tom McDonald, named as emergency, remains on the outer.
Joe Daniher returns for Essendon’s match-up with Port Adelaide after missing last round but skipper Dyson Heppell and Michael Hurley will miss through injury.
CAPTAIN AXING A ‘BUMP IN ROAD’
GWS football boss Jason McCartney says the dropping of captain Stephen Coniglio is a “bump in the road” for the first-year skipper.
Coniglio is reportedly the first AFL captain in 22 years to be dropped.
The GWS leader won’t play against Melbourne on Saturday after a horror form slump.
“Stephen is the first to admit that his form hasn’t been where he’d like it to be,” Giants football boss Jason McCartney said.
“We see this as a speed bump in the road. He’s a quality man and he’ll bounce back.
“It’s a sign of a strong football club that if people don’t perform at all levels, you need to have hard conversations.
“He’s an A-grade footballer, he’s an A-grade person and we’ll support him and he’ll bounce back.
“Our focus now goes onto Saturday night and Melbourne and how we can beat them.”
No stand-in captain has been named.
ROUND 17 TEAMS
ST KILDA v WEST COAST EAGLES
Thursday September 10, 7.10pm at the Gabba
B: J.Geary, D.Howard, N.Coffield
HB: H.Clark, C.Wilkie, B.Long
C: J.Battle, S.Ross, J.Billings
HF: J.Lonie, R.Marshall, B.Hill
F: M.King, T.Membrey, D.Butler
FOLL: P.Ryder, J.Steele, Z.Jones
I/C: B.Paton, J.Sinclair, D.Kent, N.Hind
EMG: D.Roberton, S.Savage, J.Marsh, J.Carlisle
IN: M.King, T.Membrey, N.Hind
OUT: R.Abbott, J.Marsh, E.Phillips (all omitted)
B: W.Schofield, T.Barrass, B.Sheppard
HB: S.Hurn, J.McGovern, L.Duggan
C: J.Nelson, T.Kelly, J.Waterman
HF: J.Brander, J.Darling, J.Petruccelle
F: O.Allen, J.Kennedy, L.Ryan
FOLL: N.Naitanui, B.Ainsworth, A.Gaff
I/C: H.Brayshaw, X.O’Neill, T.Cole, J.Rotham
EMG: L.Foley, B.Williams, J.Cameron, N.Reid
IN: W.Schofield, S.Hurn, J.Brander, J.Petruccelle, N.Naitanui, H.Brayshaw
OUT: T.Hickey (omitted), L.Jetta (injured), D.Sheed (injured), M.Hutchings (injured), J.Redden (injured), B.Ah Chee (injured)
GEELONG CATS v RICHMOND
Friday September 11, 7:50pm at Metricon Stadium
B: J.Kolodjashnij, L.Henderson, H.Taylor
HB: J.Henry, M.Blicavs T.Stewart
C: Z.Tuohy, P.Dangerfield, S.Menegola
HF: L.Dahlhaus, G.Rohan, T.Atkins
F: J.Bews, T.Hawkins, G.Miers
FOLL: E.Ratugolea, C.Guthrie, B.Parfitt
I/C: M.O’Connor, M.Duncan, L.Fogarty, B.Close
EMER: B.Jarvis, J.Jenkins, Z.Guthrie, Q.Narkle
IN: Z.Tuohy, E.Ratugolea
OUT: J.Jenkins (Omitted), Z.Guthrie (Omitted)
B: B.Houli, D.Grimes, N.Balta
HB: J.Short, N.Vlastuin, O.Markov
C: K.McIntosh, J.Graham, M.Pickett
HF: J.Aarts, K.Lambert, T.Lynch
F: J.Riewoldt, D.Martin, J.Castagna
FOLL: I.Soldo, S.Bolton, T.Cotchin
I/C: L.Baker, T.Nankervis, D.Rioli, J.Ross
EMG: M.Chol, R.Collier-Dawkins, N.Broad, J.Higgins
IN: D.Grimes, K.Lambert, J.Ross
OUT: N.Broad (Omitted), J.Higgins (Omitted), T.Dow (Omitted)
NORTH MELBOURNE v FREMANTLE
Saturday September 12, 2.10pm at Metricon Stadium
B: J.Walker, R.Tarrant, F.Perez
HB: S.Atley, B.McKay, L.McDonald
C: S.Higgins, J.Simpkin, J.Polec
HF: C.Zurhaar, M.Wood, J.Ziebell
F: B.Scott, N.Larkey, A.Hall
FOLL: T.Goldstein, T.Dumont, L.Davies-Uniacke
I/C: J.Anderson, T.Garner, A.Bonar, E.Vickers-Willis
EMER: M.Williams, T.Murphy, T.Campbell, L.Hosie
IN: T.Garner, A.Bonar
OUT: M.Williams, L.Hosie (both omitted)
B: T.Watson, B.Cox, N.Wilson
HB: S.Hill, L.Ryan, E.Hughes
C: A.Cerra, N.Fyfe, J.Aish
HF: M.Walters, M.Taberner, M.Crowden
F: L.Schultz, R.Lobb, J.Hogan
FOLL: S.Darcy, D.Mundy, A.Brayshaw
I/C: M.Frederick, B.Acres, C.Serong, T.Duman
EMER: T.Colyer, H.Dixon, L.Valente, L.Henry
OUT: R.Conca (Injured)
PORT ADELAIDE v ESSENDON
Saturday September 12, 5.05pm at Adelaide Oval
B: R.Bonner, T.McKenzie, D.Houston
HB: H.Hartlett, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones
C: X.Duursma, O.Wines, K.Amon
HF: S.Powell-Pepper, T.Marshall, B.Ebert
F: C.Rozee, C.Dixon, R.Gray
FOLL: S.Lycett, T.Rockliff, T.Boak
I/C: P.Ladhams, K.Farrell, S.Motlop, T.Clurey
EMER: M.Bergman, C.Sutcliffe, J.Lienert, B.Woodcock
IN: R.Bonner, B.Ebert, P.Ladhams
OUT: R.Burton (Injured), Z.Butters (Suspension), C.Sutcliffe (Omitted)
B: J.Ridley, B.Zerk-Thatcher, M.Gleeson
HB: A.Saad, D.Smith, M.Hibberd
C: T.Cutler, Z.Merrett, K.Langford
HF: J.Stringer, J.Daniher, B.Ham
F: W.Snelling, J.Stewart, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: S.Draper, D.Shiel, J.Townsend
I/C: A.Phillips, M.Guelfi, D.Clarke, D.Parish
EMER: J.Begley, M.Redman, C.Hooker, K.Mutch
IN: M.Hibberd, T.Cutler, J.Daniher, B.Ham, A.Phillips
OUT: C.Hooker (Omitted), M.Redman (Omitted), M.Hurley (Injured), I.Mosquito (Injured), D.Heppell (Injured)
GWS GIANTS v MELBOURNE
Saturday September 12, 7.40pm at the Gabba
B: S.Reid, L.Keeffe, H.Shaw
HB: A.Kennedy, N.Haynes, Z.Williams
C: L.Whitfield, J.Hopper, H.Perryman
HF: J.Cameron, H.Himmelberg, M.de Boer,
F: T.Greene, J.Finlayson, B.Daniels
FOLL: S.Mumford, J.Kelly, T.Taranto
I/C: C.Idun, D.Lloyd, J.Buckley, T.Green
EMER: M.Buntine, S.Jacobs, B.Hill, I.Cumming
IN: Z.Williams, H.Perryman, B.Daniels, S.Mumford, J.Kelly, C.Idun, J.Buckley, T.Green
OUT: L.Ash, S.Coniglio, J.Caldwell, S.Jacobs, J.Hately (all omitted), A.Corr (injured), B.Hill (Managed), J.Riccardi (Managed)
B: J.Smith, S.May, J.Lever
HB: J.Hunt, T.Rivers, C.Salem
C: E.Langdon, C.Petracca, A.Tomlinson
HF: A.vandenBerg, S.Weideman, B.Fritsch
F: M.Brown, J.Melksham, C.Spargo
FOLL: M.Gawn, J.Viney, C.Oliver
I/C: A.Neal-Bullen, O.Baker, K.Pickett, N.Jetta
EMER: M.Hannan, T.McDonald, J.Lockhart, J.Wagner
IN: M.Brown, C.Spargo, N.Jetta
OUT: B.Preuss (Omitted), M.Hibberd (Injured), T.Bedford (Omitted)
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