Dayne Beams is helped from the ground. Photo: Getty Images
Collingwood’s injury woes appear every bit as bad as feared with Dayne Beams, Travis Cloke and Ben Reid all facing suspected season-ending injuries.
Beams fears he’s injured his ACL ligament in his knee, while Cloke has strained ligaments high up on his ankle. Both had scans on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season should the injuries be confirmed.
Beams told Channel Seven he was hopeful the injury was a tear to his posterior cruciate ligament, rather than anterior cruciate. PCLsgenerally take much less time to rehabilitate.
Travis Cloke hobbles off the ground. Photo: Getty Images
"I'm hoping it's just a PCL,” Beams told Channel Seven.
“My brother and sister have both done [ACLs] as well so obviously it goes through your head.”
Tall utility Reid’s season is confirmed over after he reinjured his hamstring early on during Collingwood's loss on Saturday against the Lions.
The sole ray of light for the Pies may be inspirational captain Scott Pendlebury, who was a late withdrawal from Saturday night's match with a calf injury. Pendlebury looks likely to return next week.
Midfielder Luke Ball has himself only just returned to the side from injury and has suddenly found himself one of the few fit players in the side.
“I’m probably one of the only ones that hasn’t limped into this club this morning,” Ball told 3AW radio.
“It’s sort of a hospital ward in there.”
Collingwood was thrashed by the Lions – who, before last night’s game had won only six matches for the season – after being crippled early by injury. Like Pendlebury, Jamie Elliott pulled out before the game, and Cloke, Beams, and Reid were all injured during it.
"I have been in the caper 20 years now, as a player and coach, and I can’t remember a night like it," Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said after the match.
"There are things outside of our control... but you don't anticipate to get dealt a hand that we got dealt this evening."
"It's a snapshot of our whole season because too much has been left to too few, too often, due to not having available personnel."
Rebounding defender Alan Toovey told Channel Nine the club’s finals campaign was now over.
“By the way it looks now it’s going to be pretty much impossible to make it. But I don’t think it’s a wasted year, a lot of young blokes came into the side and did well.
“There’s a lot of guys that have had really average years. We’ve got to work out if and what it takes to get back to where we were.”