The skipper’s return will bolster the injury-plagued Magpies, who were dealt a triple injury blow in their nine-point win over Sydney.
Will Hoskin-Elliot was ruled out of the game in the first half with a knee injury, while Adam Treloar suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him on the sidelines for three weeks.
The most gruesome of the injuries, however, involved Isaac Quaynor who suffered a 20-centimetre gash on his shin following a freak incident with Swan, Sam Wicks.
“Isaac’s OK. Went straight into hospital immediately after the game. Was able to clean up the wound and stitch it up. He’s moving around OK, he’s actually on crutches at the moment for a couple of days, just to keep the weight-bearing off that leg. He’s begun his recovery, it’s just going to be a matter of looking after the wound, making sure it doesn’t get infected and giving it every chance to heal,” Buckley told The Age.
“We believe it’s just a matter of letting that wound heal. There’s nothing really underneath it. Obviously there’s some soft tissue damage, and a little bit of bone bruising on the shin itself, but we anticipate that we would see him [in] probably a couple of weeks, however long that looks like, however many games that is. But we just have to wait for that wound to heal.”
The Magpies are optimistic Quaynor could return in a fortnight if everything goes to plan.
In other news, Travis Varcoe has rejoined the Magpies’ Queensland hub after leaving for personal reasons.