MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: Alex Fasolo shares a laugh with Meg Hutchins during a Collingwood Magpies men's and women's joint AFL pre-season training session at the Holden Centre on December 6, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Pies forward to be sidelined for over two months

Collingwood forward Alex Fasolo is set to be sidelined for at least the next eight weeks due to yet another shoulder injury.

Fasolo sustained the injury at training almost two weeks ago, with the club opting to send him in for surgery, which will put him in doubt for the side’s JLT Community Series in March.

“Unfortunately, the week before last he had a bit of an incident on the training track, which at the time didn’t look that bad,” Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh said on SEN radio on Monday.

“Alex has had a history of some shoulder issues and the impact at training was enough to set him back sufficiently.

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“It was going to be an in-and-out job for two or three times in the year, so it was thought by our medical team best to bite the bullet (and book him for surgery).

“We really won’t know until the surgeon goes in and has a look around how many weeks we are looking at, but certainly, I think, it’s an eight-plus week job at least.”

Fellow small forward Jamie Elliott will also be missing from pre-season training until March as he recovers from an ankle injury.