A key piece of Collingwood’s ahead line puzzle might quickly slot again into place, with Jamie Elliott nearing an AFL return after virtually two months on the sidelines with a hamstring damage.
Following Jaidyn Stephenson’s 10-game playing ban, coach Nathan Buckley trialled Ben Reid in a taller assault than he would often choose in a scrappy win in opposition to the Western Bulldogs.
However Buckley might welcome Elliott again into that blend when the Pies tackle North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium as he nears the tip of a prolonged rehabilitation after hurting himself in spherical eight.
“He’s trained really strongly over the past couple of weeks, did a massive session on Sunday, will train fully through this week … whether it’s this week or next we’re looking forward to getting him back,” Buckley instructed reporters on Tuesday.
“He is been actually spectacular.
“He hasn’t (had any setbacks).
“I feel we communicated (his return at) the bye initially, however as we all know, it is only a matter of constructing guys up and getting their conditioning again to the place we predict they’re proper to play.
“And never simply to play however to carry out on the high degree.
“Jamie hasn’t missed a beat.”
The information is not so good for vital midfielder Taylor Adams, who remains to be at the very least two weeks away from resuming from a groin downside that has pissed off him since spherical seven.
“He pushed really hard to get back early and thought that he would get back,” Buckley stated.
“There was a recreation the place he was almost going to play (in opposition to Sydney in spherical 10) and it simply did not arise.
“We wish to make it possible for he is completely able to go earlier than we pull the set off.”
Jeremy Howe, who injured a calf within the second quarter of the nine-point win over the Canine, is about to overlook two to a few matches.
Even with their wretched run with accidents this yr, Collingwood sit second on the AFL ladder with an imposing 10-Three file.
However Buckley stays unimpressed by the standard of soccer his aspect has produced of late regardless of that lofty place and is not any clearer on what his superb ahead line seems to be like with out Stephenson.
“I do not suppose that was a recreation the place we will actually choose if our ahead construction was efficient or not,” he stated of the Bulldogs match.
“We have got a whole lot of progress in us and we have got to maintain exploring our ahead construction to see if we will discover one thing higher.”