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Lucky break? Pies skipper could face GWS despite surgery

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COLLINGWOOD captain Scott Pendlebury hasn't given up hope of facing Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium on Saturday, just days after undergoing surgery on a broken finger.

In the Magpies' against-the-odds win over Grand Final nemesis West Coast in Perth on Friday night, Pendlebury broke the middle finger on his left hand in the second quarter but admirably played on to produce a best-afield performance that guided the Magpies to a famous come-from-behind victory. 

 

The 31-year-old had surgery to repair the finger on Saturday and will consult his surgeon later this week, after which a decision will be made on whether he will lead the second-placed Pies in the big encounter with the Giants. 

Asked if he was a chance to play on Saturday, Pendlebury was unsure.

"I don't know … I see the surgeon later in the week and ( we will) make a plan based on how it's healing, the wound, and what he thinks is the best course of action," he told Channel Ten on Monday.

Pressed on the issue, Pendlebury said: "I'll know after Thursday."

The Collingwood champion said the finger had been "pretty numb" on Sunday but now "feels fine".

Pendlebury's guard on his left middle finger was clearly visible during the game. Picture: AFL Photos

Pendlebury suffered a break in the same finger in the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules Series. He'd earlier suffered a break to a finger on his right hand – an injury that sidelined him for the last six rounds – but he said his latest problem was "nowhere near as bad" as that one.

He was also buoyed by the fact "it wasn't too bad to keep playing with". He played on after half-time against the Eagles with a guard on the finger.

Pendlebury had been determined to remain on the field because he didn't want his team to be two short on the bench, given key defender Darcy Moore had already been ruled out early in the game with another hamstring injury.

The durable Pendlebury has played at least 20 games in 11 of his past 12 completed seasons, and has played every game this season.

Moore is set to be sidelined for multiple games with what he believes is a minor injury. He reported that he was "walking fine" and that the hamstring "doesn't hurt that much". 

"It's not too sore, thankfully, so hopefully it's pretty minor, which I think it is. It actually feels pretty good. It's probably a good freshen-up before the end of the year," he said. 

"It was pretty minor when I felt it but (I) just wasn't prepared to take the risk for the rest of the game."

A disconsolate Moore ices his left hamstring on Friday night. Picture: Channel Seven

The 23-year-old has now injured hamstrings on both legs on multiple occasions, with the left one being the worry this time. 

"It's definitely a process of learning every time. Look, it's just a tough game physically and to play 20-plus games in a year is really hard and something that you've got to keep learning and managing," he said.

Despite these concerns, Collingwood should regain star duo in Taylor Adams (adductor) and Jeremy Howe (calf). Adams, who hasn't played at AFL level since round seven, collected 16 possessions, laid eight tackles and kicked a goal in the VFL on Saturday.