De Goey missed the Pies’ clash with Richmond on the weekend and has been ruled out of his side’s trip to Sydney to face the Swans this Saturday, although Buckley told Gerard Whateley on SEN’s Whateley the Pies are being extra cautious with the 22-year-old.
“We’ll assess that after this weekend,” Buckley told SEN’s Whateley.
“Our initial plan was to have him back and we were proactive in resting him.
“He could have played but we just don’t know what the repercussions of playing last week and this week would have been.
“The worst case scenario was pretty bad so we take the hit early and see if we can get him up for the back end.”
The Pies have three games remaining following their trip to Sydney plus the pre-finals bye, meaning De Goey has five weeks to recover before Collingwood’s first final.