Collingwood key defender Darcy Moore has failed in an unlikely bid to be ready for Saturday's AFL game against North Melbourne.
The fact he was able to press for selection only a few days after his knee injury highlighted a mixed bag of news on Thursday for the Magpies.
Jeremy Howe (illness) will return after missing a game and is the obvious replacement for Moore, but Jordan De Goey left training early because of a tight quad muscle.
De Goey was named in the team, but it is unclear whether he will play.
Utility Jack Madgen fractured a thumb at Thursday morning training as he returns from a shoulder injury.
Coach Craig McRae said Madgen will be out of action for a couple of weeks.
There were fears Moore had ruptured an ACL when he was hurt in last week's tight win over Gold Coast.
But the star defender was cleared of structural damage and he went close to proving his fitness for Saturday's game.
"He didn't quite get through the session, so we'll just assess that and fingers crossed he's available for next week," McRae said.
"He was reasonably close - about 80 per cent ... we'll let him have the weekend off to get better and progress towards next week.
"It looks like a Howe for Moore replacement. He (Howe) is such an integral part of what we do and sets us really well.
"It would be nice to have both of them available, but ... it's just about being ready for opportunities."
McRae expressed the wider relief around Collingwood that Moore had avoided a long-term knee injury.
"Anyone watching the game would have thought 'that's not a good outcome for us'," he said.
"We're really grateful he's able to escape any of those structural damages.
"He's one of those players you just can't replace, so to think he's going to be available in some form in the coming weeks is really pleasing."
De Goey's early departure from training puts him in some doubt for Saturday.
"He's a little bit tight in the quad, so we'll just have to assess that," McRae said
The coach also expressed some sympathy for De Goey, who made a quiet return last week after his latest off-field incident.
"He's human, isn't he? He's had a lot going on, as we all know, and this game is hard enough to perform to the best of your ability at the best of times," McRae said.
"So we just talked about training well, preparing well."
McRae felt for Madgen's latest injury.
"It looks like he's fractured it pretty badly ... this is just another setback for the guy," he said.
"He's an incredible human, he's always really resilient.
"He's one of those players you love to coach - he constantly says 'what can I do? I will do anything for you, play any role'.
"We'll have to rally around him."
Ruckman Brodie Grundy is expected to return to full training next week as he recovers from a knee injury.
Australian Associated Press
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