Pies wait on stars for crunch clash with Crows

Collingwood stars Darcy Moore and Jordan De Goey are unlikely to be fit to play again this week in the critical top eight-shaping match against the Crows in Adelaide.

The pair are recovering from what were considered minor hamstring injuries. The Magpies will wait until after training this week to make a decision. Moore is more likely to be fit than De Goey who seems almost certain to miss.

Collingwood’s Darcy Moore.Credit:AAP

Moore injured his hamstring in the round 17 win over West Coast in Perth. De Goey injured his hamstring in the round 19 loss to Richmond and has only missed two matches.
Josh Daicos suffered concussion in the win over Melbourne but is likely to be cleared to play.

Pacy defender and midfielder John Noble who was recruited in the mid-season draft and injured his calf in his debut match against West Coast, has now played two games in the VFL and shown good form.

Quick small defender Isaac Quaynor, who has a foot stress problem, is expected to be fit to be available in the first week of the finals, while forward Jaidyn Stephenson is also available after serving his suspension for gambling on himself in AFL matches.

Meanwhile Adelaide co-captain Rory Sloane is waiting on a diagnosis of the eye injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to West Coast.

Sloane didn’t return to action after reporting blurred vision from a knock to his right eye in the third quarter of the Crows’ 10-point loss to the Eagles.

Sloane returned to Adelaide on Monday with a black eye, ahead of being sent for diagnosis that will decide if he is fit to play against Collingwood in what is a must-win game for the ninth-placed Crows to keep alive hopes of recovering a place in the eight.

‘‘With a short turnaround [between games] hopefully he is going to be all right,’’ Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs said .

‘‘He’s obviously a key player for us and one we would certainly love to have this week as it’s an important game.’’
The Crows lost their spot in the eight to Port Adelaide on percentage.

‘‘This time of year, it [pressure] obviously heightens but we’re well aware of where sit and at the moment things are still in our control,’’ Jacobs said. ‘‘So if we win the next two games we’re going to put ourselves in a really strong position to be able to play finals.’’

Carlton defender Liam Jones has been ruled out of the remaining two games of the season after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the larynx.

The throat injury occurred during Sunday’s loss to Richmond. Jones complained of discomfort and was sent to hospital where he was admitted and spent the night after the fracture was detected. He will not require surgery.

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