Collingwood duo Jordan De Goey and Will Hoskin-Elliott both missed Friday’s training session due to gastro at the club, but neither have been ruled out of the Magpies’ upcoming clash against Gold Coast as yet.
“We’ve had a little bit of gastro go through the place,” Collingwood coach Craig McRae said on Friday.
“A couple of coaches have been down this week and now Will and also Jordy have been out today. Hopefully in the next 24 hours they’re all a little bit better.”
De Goey has been one of Collingwood’s most influential players across the first six rounds of 2022, averaging 23.8 disposals and 5.2 clearances per game.
The Pies are prepared to give the pair as long as possible to recover before the Suns clash.
“He [De Goey] hasn’t trained for the last 24 hours. He has done a little bit himself away from here,” McRae said.
Jordan De Goey has had a bout of gastro.Credit:AFL Photos
“With everything as it is at the moment, we are a little bit sensitive around illness, when they show signs of anything we keep them out of the place.
“I’ll pick a 23 and see what happens from there.
“We’ll have to wait and see how he is feeling. Not only him but Will is the same, so we will assess that in the next 24 hours.”
Star ruck Brodie Grundy’s recent PCL injury means the Pies will have to adjust their squad to provide Darcy Cameron with some ruck support going forward.
The Magpies named the recently omitted Mason Cox and untried prospective Aiden Begg on the extended bench on Thursday night.
McRae said having them both in the side is “not out of the question but unlikely”.
“We’ll work through this. He [Cox] trained really well,” McRae said.
“We’ve got Aiden Begg in the squad as well … His form at VFL level has been really strong. He’s improved considerably.
“When I arrived, I thought: who is this big kid? I haven’t seen much of him and just to watch him grow in front of our eyes.
“I never thought he’d be in a position where we would be considering his name for round seven. It shows his growth, and the work Josh Fraser has done, and the development team have been sensational.”
However, the Magpies will be up for a challenge against in-form Gold Coast big man and ex-Magpie Jarrod Witts.
“Obviously Witts is a quality ruckman too, is that too much experience for Begg? I’m not sure, we’ll wait and see,” McRae said.
With Grundy potentially not returning for three months, Collingwood’s ruck stocks are vulnerable, and McRae said he would be in favour of a mid-season trade period.
“I think anything where you can better your list [is worth doing]. The fans would love to see that too. It’s a conversation starter,” he said.
“There’s a balance of it, clearly the [AFL] Players’ Association would be interested in the welfare of players, but I think as a collective, players who aren’t getting opportunities at other clubs, can benefit your club.
“Then there’s the excitement of teams maybe trying to get into the finals, and I think it could give a real good spectacle to the whole game.”
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