Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley confirms Pies defender Darcy Moore will play in the club’s Qualifying Final clash against Geelong next Friday night.
The injury-prone defender finished last Friday’s match against the Bombers on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint, a worry for the Pies given his history of soft tissue injuries.
However, the Pies confirmed Moore’s absence from the final stages of their Round 23 win was precautionary, as he felt slight tightness in his hamstring.
On SEN’s Whateley program, Buckley said this will not affect Moore’s place in the team for the upcoming final.
“Darce will play,” said Buckley, “He’s like the rest of us and the rest of the players train up and prepare at your best and get some work in at the session tomorrow and get some time away.”
“We’ve got a relatively short week into the game so we’re looking forward to what that is and Darcy is just one of that’s in the process of getting his mind, body and spirit absolutely ready to perform on the night.”
Buckley and the Collingwood selection panel will likely make changes to the team ahead of the Friday night contest with Jordan De Goey (hamstring) and Jaidyn Stephenson (suspension) set to be available for selection.
Moore’s health and the return of both De Goey and Stephenson are welcome boosts for the Pies after another season of injury troubles at the club.
Injury prone Daniel Wells may also be considered for the final, after managing to get through his VFL match last weekend.
Moore and others will likely be crucial for the Pies as they go up against the minor premiers for the first time since their seven-point loss in round one this season.
The Cats may welcome back Tom Atkins (hand) and Jake Kolodjashnij (hip) for the final, after both missed out on their Round 23 win against the Blues with minor setbacks.