Thursday, May 16, 2013

Collingwood Has Injury Crisis

The Collingwood Magpies have a serious problem.
Two of their best players will be out because of ankle problems. Dale Thomas is in question for Saturday night's big game against the unbeaten Geelong. The utility left the stadium early on Wednesday complaining of soreness in the same area he had ankle surgery last year. At this point, the Magpies aren't sure how serious the situation is, and Thomas will likely have scans to determine the extent of the problem.
Thomas missed the first two rounds of the season because of the ankle surgery. In the last two weeks he had impressed coaches and fans playing at half back. He had been sent into defense to replace Alan Toovey, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Anzac Day loss to Essendon.
Coach Nathan Buckley is concerned about a back line that is struggling to find form and a sense of continuity. "These guys haven't played a lot of footy together as a back six," Buckley said. "So that's going to be a challenge to build that in quick time."
Thomas's injury was announced the same day the Magpies said forward Alex Fasolo may potentially miss the rest of the season. It is likely he will need surgery after reaggravating a serious foot injury.
Magpies football director Geoff Walsh said Fasolo will have surgery this week. "Given the nature of the injury, it's likely that he will miss most, if not all, of the rest of the season," Walsh said. "We're sure Alex will do everything right in terms of his rehabilitation, which should give him some hope for 2013, but there can be no rush with an injury of this kind."
The Magpies have been less than stellar this year, posting a 4-3 record. For coach Buckley, the alarm bells are ringing.
"We need all individuals committed and understanding the responsibility they have- having that discipline, having that work ethic consistently," Buckley said. "We've done a lot of soul searching this week, not only the playing group. The coaches, the whole program, we need to do things better than we are doing them at the moment, as the ladder shows."
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