Collingwood have all but ruled gun midfielder Adam Treloar out of their AFL return match against Richmond on June 11.
Treloar suffered a minor calf strain at the Magpies’ first small-group training session on May 18 and hasn’t been involved in full training this week.
“We wouldn’t be anticipating that ‘Ads’ would be available to play in round two,” coach Nathan Buckley told reporters on Wednesday.
Buckley emphasised Treloar’s injury was “really low grade” but he was unlikely to reach the training intensity required to compete for selection in a fortnight.
“I don’t think that’s (Treloar missing round two is) any real surprise if he hasn’t been able to complete a training session to this point and we’re really only two weeks away from being asked to play,” Buckley said.
“As we’ve always said, we’ll pick our hardest and fittest, most connected 22 or 24 depending on where that (interchange numbers) settles for the next game, and Ads will still have to do a bit of work to prove he’s in that mix.”
Meanwhile, Buckley said forward Jordan De Goey had “taken ownership” of his alleged driving charges from 2019.
De Goey was due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with driving while suspended and using a hand-held device.
It’s understood the case was to be adjourned.
“It’s something from nearly 12 months ago and Jordy will go through that as he’s being asked to,” Buckley said.
“He’s come back in great shape – from a football perspective … he’s really engaged and in great nick and looking forward to the season starting.
“We’ve all led less than perfect lives and made mistakes as we’ve gone along… he’s put his hand up, he’s obviously taken ownership for it, he’s paid the price for doing the wrong thing at the time, and this is now a matter in the hands of the courts and Jordan will go through the process and is contrite.”
Buckley would not reveal if De Goey had faced internal sanctions.
Brody Mihocek (foot soreness) will train fully on Friday while Travis Varcoe and Lynden Dunn sre set to join main training.
Tom Langdon (knee) remains on an indefinite break.
Irish pair Mark Keane and Anton Tohill are in quarantine until June 6 after returning from overseas.