Collingwood's Jesse White will have x-rays on an injured finger which could require surgery and sideline the key forward, as injuries and reports tempered the joy from the Magpies' big victory over St Kilda.
White has a suspected finger fracture on his left hand and if the injury is confirmed he will be out for a week or two. However, White himself was confident that he would not miss games due to the injury.
The news came after the Magpies lost former captain Nick Maxwell to a calf injury and wingman Steele Sidebottom was reported for a high bump on Maverick Weller which forced the Saints midfielder to be subbed out. Collingwood football manager Rodney Eade confirmed on Saturday that Maxwell would miss two to three weeks with his ailment, but that despite the new setback to an already stretched defence, Ben Reid was unlikely to be rushed back into the Pies' AFL lineup, and would return as planned via the VFL.
Forward recruit Patrick Karnezis tore a hamstring in training on Friday just as he was making his way toward senior selection through the VFL after groin injuries in the pre-season. Karnezis kicked six goals last week.
Encouragingly, Travis Cloke booted five goals in his best game for the year and appeared to be closing on his best form as the Magpies won by 86 points and moved into third place on the ladder with the percentage boost.
Buckley said he had not seen replays of the Sidebottom incident but accepted that as he was reported and Weller was forced out of the game, the issue would come down to a decision on Sidebottom's intent.
"With Weller not coming back on the field depending on the intent and how the match review panel reads it, we will see what the verdict is and go from there," Buckley said.
Saints coach Alan Richardson said the injury - seconds into the match - scuppered his plans to have Weller run with Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury but he didn't think there was any malice in it.
"He was going for the footy, Sidebottom was coming off the square and they collided with a ball that was up around head high, that is what it looked like to me," Richardson said.
"It just looked like the ball was coming towards where Sidebottom was coming from the wing and both guys were going for the footy, that is what it looked like to me. Obviously he collected him in the head but it looked like it was about the ball to me."
Collingwood had withdrawn Brownlow Medallist Dane Swan late with heel injury. Buckley said Swan had been troubled by sore feet for a month, but should be fit to return. Young ruck Brodie Grundy was also a late withdrawal with back tightness and he, too, would be available to come back into the side.
"Maxy has done his calf. Paddy Karnezis did his hammy today, we have lost a few with soft tissues and the report (of Sidebottom) but that is footy, that is life in an elite envronment at the top level," Buckley said.
"Swanny's feet have been concerning him for the last four weeks, we gave him right up to the death and we were looking at what was best for him and what was best for the team and ultimately the decision was made not to push him through it this week and it gave a few other players an opportunity."
Buckley said he was pleased the side played out the four quarters - they booted 7.6 to St Kilda's one behind in the last quarter - after they had dominated previous games against Carlton and Richmond for thee quarters, only to concede heavy scores in the final term.
"There are areas we can improve - our efficieny and our decision-making particularly through our front half before we enter (the) forward 50. I thought our forwards were up and about including Clokey (Travis Cloke) - I thought Jesse (White) worked hard, Alex Fasolo was strong there, Tyson Goldsack laid five forward 50 tackles."