MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies looks on during the round 16 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 8, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Collingwood vice-captain Steele Sidebottom is reportedly free to play Richmond this week after being cleared of a hairline fracture in his jaw.

The star midfielder sustained the injury during his side’s win over North Melbourne on Saturday but played out the game.

An earlier report from Tom Browne on Twitter suggested that the 27-year old may miss the next month, which would have put him in doubt of missing finals.

But AFL.com has since reported that Sidebottom has scans on Sunday morning, clearing him of any serious injury.

Additionally, Pies swingman Darcy Moore said he also expects to face the Tigers despite being a late withdrawal against the Kangaroos with hamstring tightness.

“It was just in the warm up when I was striding,” Moore told Channel 7 on Sunday.

“I’m pretty confident [it’s tightness], because it was so early and I was just warming up so I’m pretty sure I’ll be fine.

“It’s frustrating but it’s part of the game for me and it is what it is.”

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