MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Darcy Moore of the Magpies looks on during the round eight AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Star defender Darcy Moore will likely miss the remainder of the 2021 season with a PCL injury.

Moore hurt his knee in the Pies incredible win over the Demons in Nathan Buckley's final game in charge. After meeting with specialists today, Moore will have his leg braced for at least six weeks.

Given the Pies won't be making finals this year it is expected the club won't rush Moore back before the end of the year. It is more likely they will let their star man recover in time to be ready for the pre-season of 2022.

AFL 1st Semi Final - Geelong v Collingwood
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Darcy Moore of the Magpies handballs during the AFL First Semi Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Collingwood Magpies at The Gabba on October 10, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Collingwood GM of Football, Graham Wright said the injury was a major blow for both the club and Moore.

Wright said on the club's website that the loss of Moore accompanied by the loss of Howe is a cruel blow to the Collingwood defence.

“It is obviously disappointing for everyone. For Darcy, who had been enjoying another fine season, and for the team which is now without one of the game’s best defenders,” Wright said

“We know Darcy will be dedicated in his approach to his rehabilitation and will continue to help the group as one of our emerging leaders but there is no sugar-coating the disappointment of his loss. Especially, with Jeremy Howe also missing from our backs group.

“That said, AFL football is a game of squads. We have some young backs who will now get their chance.”

The Pies have the bye this weekend before facing Fremantle on Saturday 26th June at the MCG.