MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20: James Aish of the Magpies is helped from the ground by trainers after a head clash during the round nine AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 20, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Collingwood midfielder James Aish could return to the Magpies’ line-up in time for their clash with Melbourne on Queen’s Birthday weekend in round 12 after undergoing successful surgery on his cheekbone.

Aish was involved in a head clash with Hawthorn youngster Daniel Howe in the third quarter, and was sent for scans immediately which showed the fracture in his cheekbone.

“Unfortunately James cracked a cheekbone in what was a really courageous act to win the ball,” Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh told the club’s website.

“He came off second best, in terms of the injury, and he has had some surgery to pop that cheekbone out, which means he will miss two weeks.

“He hasn’t had to have a plate put in it. It was a pretty straightforward procedure, which is good, but he will more than likely miss two matches.”

While Aish is looking likely to return before Collingwood’s round 13 bye, the Pies will be hopeful Ben Reid and Travis Varcoe will return straight after the week off as they continue to battle with respective quad and hamstring complaints.