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Magpie injury crisis deepens: Shaw, Thomas sidelined

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Collingwood's injury crisis has hit epic proportions, with Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas breaking down with hamstring strains.

Shaw tweaked the muscle at training last night, and Thomas reported soreness after last weekend's defeat by Carlton. The Magpies say both will miss the game against Port Adelaide at the weekend as well as the Anzac Day clash with Essendon.

Carlton's Dennis Armfield battles with Magpie Dale Thomas at the MCG last Friday night.

Carlton's Dennis Armfield battles with Magpie Dale Thomas at the MCG last Friday night. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Nathan Buckley's team already has to find replacements for Luke Ball (knee) and Ben Reid (quadriceps), who were injured during the Carlton game.

The Thomas injury was described by director of football Geoff Walsh as a "minor hamstring disruption". But under the normal rule of thumb for these injuries, both Shaw and Thomas would be struggling to be fit for the round-six encounter with Western Bulldogs.

Collingwood already has the likes of Chris Tarrant (calf), Andrew Krakouer (knee), Brent Macaffer (knee) and Alan Didak (adductor, resumed in the VFL last week) absent in a luckless start to Buckley's reign as head coach.

16 comments

  • Will Buckley just play the same line as Hird on why they're getting soft tissue injuries? Ignorance is bliss with the newbies.

    Commenter
    Countin's The Silverware
    Location
    Visy Park
    Date and time
    April 19, 2012, 4:56PM
    • ANZAC day match between 2 teams with injuried soldiers! Let us see who is more willing to win that day

      Commenter
      Mojo
      Date and time
      April 19, 2012, 5:35PM
  • Dale Thomas hasn't been much chop since he cut his hair (I think its a case of Sampson without Delila LOL), Heqath Shaw keeps kicking to himself in the goal square instead of trusting his team mates so he's no great loss there. It will be good to see fresh keen blood in the side who are eager to play.

    Commenter
    HAST67
    Date and time
    April 19, 2012, 5:09PM
    • This is sounding similar to Voss's 1st year as coach for Brisbane. With so many injuries, what can "Bucks" do?

      Commenter
      Mojo
      Date and time
      April 19, 2012, 5:17PM
      • Play!

        Commenter
        Eddie
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        April 19, 2012, 6:06PM
    • I imagine total indifference will be the general response.

      Commenter
      rext
      Date and time
      April 19, 2012, 5:52PM
      • An EPIC crisis. You left out "of biblical proportions"and the end of civilization as we know it. Come on, pull yourself together and in future leave no exaggeration unused! Go in hard and leave nothing in the locker!

        Commenter
        Bill
        Date and time
        April 19, 2012, 5:55PM
        • Collingwood will make the 8. Astonished that 41% of people think that a side that made the Grand Final the last two years will miss the 8 because they're 1-2 and have some injury problems and teething problems with a new game plan. Hugely overblown. They won't just make the 8, they'll still be top 4. Simmer down. (And I'm not even a Magpies fan, but seriously).

          Commenter
          Arky
          Date and time
          April 19, 2012, 6:03PM
          • Why would we necessarily think that a Grand Finalist would make the 8 in the next year?
            Port won the GF in 2004 and then barely made the 8 in 2005;
            Brisbane played in gthe GF in 2004 and did not make the 8 in 2005;
            Port played in the GF in 2007 and did not make the 8 in 2008;
            Hawthorn won the GF in 2008 and did not make the 8 in 2009

            Commenter
            Greg in Mulgrave
            Location
            Mulgrave
            Date and time
            April 19, 2012, 7:03PM
          • Collingwood top 4, so who of Hawthorn, west coast, Geelong or Carlton will miss out?

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            James
            Date and time
            April 19, 2012, 7:25PM

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