Collingwood has given an update on the training and injury status for nine players following the off-season as one-to-four-year players returned to training this week.
Vice-captain Brayden Maynard had shoulder stabilisation surgery in the off-season. Maynard is expected to be back to full training in February after a 12-week recovery period.
This is his second shoulder surgery within the past two years - during last year's off-season he had surgery on his opposite shoulder.
Small forward Jamie Elliott will have limitations to his training before the Christmas break. A modified contact-free plan to rebuild the strength back in his shoulder after minor surgery to repair ligaments has been put into place.
It's expected he will be back to full training in January.
Captain Darcy Moore, youngster Nick Daicos, forward Dan McStay and ruckman Darcy Cameron all individually had restrictions in the early stages of the off-season due to various issues at the end of the 2023 season.
All four players are expected to be back to full training in January and will be closely managed during the December training block.
Veterans Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and Jeremy Howe are all working through personalised individual pre-season programs. The three will take part in limited training sessions in December before returning to full training in January.
Collingwood's five-plus-year players will return to training next Monday, December 4.
The Magpies are set to open their 2024 season in early March with a trip to GWS.