Tyson Goldsack tries to tackle Bombers defender Courtenay Dempsey in round 23. Photo: Paul Rovere
UTILITY Tyson Goldsack continued his push for inclusion in Collingwood's team for the semi-final against West Coast by completing training at Gosch's Paddock yesterday.
Goldsack, who missed last weekend with ankle soreness, also trained over the weekend. His status will be clearer after tomorrow's main training session, but he is a strong chance to return.
''Right now the odds are in his favour,'' said Collingwood's director of football Geoff Walsh. ''It's not really so much an injury, it's more soreness. He had a tendon problem and then a tweak on that and it was too sore to play.''
Goldsack missed rounds 20 and 21 with the injury after breaking down against St Kilda in round 19. He returned in round 22 but was substituted out of the game against Essendon in round 23 with a recurrence of the problem.
The 25-year-old has had one of his best seasons for Collingwood, playing off half-forward rather than in defence, kicking 22 goals from 20 games and providing much-trumpeted tackling pressure in the front half.
But the Eagles are reeling from the news that tough half-back Beau Waters is gone for the season with a broken foot. Waters had a scan yesterday that showed precisely why he had to be carried off the ground in the elimination final against North Melbourne. He will undergo surgery later this week to repair the damage to a bone and ligaments. His recovery is estimated at between eight to 10 weeks.
While Waters' premiership hopes are over, the news is looking better for wingman Matt Rosa, who could return against the Pies despite fracturing his collarbone just over a fortnight ago. Rosa had a plate inserted in his right collarbone in a bid to add extra strength to the area, and has since resumed light contact drills.