Collingwood’s bulging medical ward shows signs of easing but the career of youngster Kayle Kirby is in limbo while Darcy Moore will miss up to a month, having torn his hamstring against Greater Western Sydney.
Winless after two rounds, the Magpies had good reason to give thanks on Monday when Kirby, a talented forward, was discharged from hospital. He had spent two nights in the Epworth Hospital with a heart condition, having been taken from the field in an ambulance following an incident in the club’s VFL match with North Melbourne on Saturday at the Holden Centre.
He had collapsed behind play during the second quarter but was in a stable condition on Sunday, and cleared to return home on Monday.
Magpies football operations manager Geoff Walsh said Kirby would not resume training until he had medical approval.
“There was no contact, there was no incident, he just hit the deck, which is always a worry,” he said.
“The investigations show it was through an irregular heartbeat. Pleasingly, that went back into rhythm on its own accord [on Sunday]. That’s part of the good news.
“Obviously, now we will have to investigate is it something that has been there for a while – how we treat it going forward. The [doctors] will give us all that information in ensuing days.”
Moore was forced to the pine against GWS before half-time in what initially was reported as hamstring tightness. That, according to Walsh, is now a “typical, traditional hamstring [strain]”, with the key defender-forward sidelined for at least three weeks. Moore had a limited pre-season because of an Achilles injury.
“That’s not good news either but it’s not a super bad one,” Walsh said.
“I suppose when guys have limited pre-seasons they are always susceptible to the pressures of game time.”
Kirby, who hails from the Bendigo Pioneers and was pick 50 in the 2016 national draft, played one senior match last year.
“It’s something you don’t expect … it gave the boys over at the MCG when the news came through a bit of a shock,” Walsh said.
Players with irregular heart beats can return to action, with former Magpies premiership forward Alan Didak one such man.
Tim Broomhead has had surgery on his left leg, having snapped his fibula and tibia when attempting to kick a goal off the ground against the Giants.
“It was a clean break to both his tibia and fibula so that’s pretty nasty long term but the operation was successful in terms of everything that needed to be done … and there were no complications. I am assuming that means little or no ligament damage,” Walsh said.
Broomhead is off contract this year but Walsh said the Magpies had not given any thought to that yet, preferring to concentrate on his welfare.
The Pies have much to debate heading into Friday night’s clash against Carlton, also winless, at the MCG.
They lost Ben Reid (hip) pre-game on Saturday but Walsh said the tall utility would be passed fit.
Walsh said the Pies “expect” Jordan de Goey (hamstring) to be available for selection in the VFL, with Daniel Wells, who has been nursing a quad issue, in a similar situation.
Wells did not play in the final VFL practice match last weekend but is expected to resume against the Northern Blues in round one of the VFL.
Forward Jamie Elliott has been battling an ankle injury throughout pre-season and is another week off from resuming. He has rejoined training in recent weeks and has pulled up well.
Clever forward Alex Fasolo has regained touch, having battled a shoulder problem, and is likely to line up against the Blues. He and Jarryd Blair were pulled out of the weekend’s VFL clash at half-time because of the six-day break between matches.
Chris Mayne was removed from the emergency list pre-game against the Giants because of a quadriceps strain but Walsh said he was fine.
Forward-ruckman Mason Cox is expected to return to the side, having served a one-match suspension.