Collingwood will preserve on the Western Bulldogs without vice-captain Steele Sidebottom after the dapper midfielder turned into once ruled out of their AFL opener with a calf afflict.
Sidebottom, 30, injured his calf in the Magpies’ practice match against Richmond on March 5 and is just not going to be rushed inspire for Friday evening’s game.
“With Steele, given the reality that he’d missed so much of the season last year and is now an older athlete and a scamper-setter of the membership, (we) decided to be a limited bit conservative with (his) afflict,” Collingwood excessive efficiency manager Kevin White stated.
“So we’re working inspire from a round two return to play.”
White stated Sidebottom would continue his rehabilitation this week with a peep to returning to tubby coaching the Monday of round two.
Sidebottom hasn’t performed since round 13 last season, lacking the Magpies’ last six video games of the season after flying home from their Queensland hub early forward of the starting up of he and his accomplice’s first limited one.
He also missed four suits thru suspension after breaking AFL COVID-19 protocols in leisurely June.
In higher info for the Magpies, fellow vice-captain and reigning most efficient-and-fairest Taylor Adams (hamstring) and gun defender Brayden Maynard (shin) agree with both been declared match for round one.
Irishman Stamp Keane (finger) is anticipated to be on hand for round two, with draftee Reef McInnes returning the week after that.
Younger gargantuan Will Kelly (collarbone) will push for a return in round three or four.