PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Nathan Buckley, Senior Coach of the Magpies celebrates the win with Scott Pendlebury during the 2019 AFL round 17 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at Optus Stadium on July 12, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says captain Scott Pendlebury will see a surgeon on Thursday to learn more on his injury status, with conjecture at large over the stint the Pies skipper may have on the sidelines.

Pendlebury has already undergone surgery on his finger following an injury suffered in their win over West Coast.

Buckley says that the 31-year-old and the club will know more about his fate tomorrow.

“His surgeon appointment is tomorrow and he will have an idea on the surgeon’s opinion and that will feed into whether he believes he can play or not,” Buckley told SEN’s Whateley.

Debate has been fierce over how long the 2010 Norm Smith medalist will be out of the Magpies’ best 22, with some reporting that Pendlebury could be sidelined for over a month.

This was news for Buckley, who is more optimistic for the captain’s fortunes.

“It was definitely a better result than what was speculated on in the public forum. That was news to me. I thought it was either going to be none or one (week),” Buckley said.

“It could be worse than that, but we don’t believe so.”

Collingwood will be without Darcy Moore for this weekend’s clash against GWS, after injuring his left hamstring during the Eagles game.

Taylor Adams and Jeremy Howe remain in the fold to make a return this week.