MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies celebrates the win with fans during the round 19 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 30, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Buckley plays down skipper’s injury concern

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has played down concerns over the fitness of Scott Pendlebury, after the Pies’ skipper was spotted going in for scans on Monday.

“He’s good, just a bit of a grease and oil and we’ll roll him out again,” Buckley told reporters on Tuesday.

“He’s one of many that, if you actually knew the duress that he has to go to get through a season, you’d get the understanding that the guns in the competition earn their cash.”

Meanwhile, both Alex Fasolo (shoulder) and Darcy Moore (hamstring) will undergo fitness later tests this week before being named in the side to take on Richmond at the MCG on Friday night.

“We won’t take any undue risk – first and foremost you pick players that have got the capacity to get through four quarters of hard football,” Buckley said.

“‘Fas’ has got both of his hands firmly straight up in the air and wants to play so we’ll see how he goes through training.”