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Wait and see on Pies defender ahead of Cats showdown

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Darcy Moore finished last Friday's match on the bench with hamstring tightness

COLLINGWOOD has stopped short of ruling Darcy Moore out of next Friday's qualifying final against Geelong after he was cleared of damage to his troublesome left hamstring.

Moore failed to complete his comeback match last Friday, complaining of hamstring tightness in the same area he had strained six weeks earlier in round 17.

He is expected to train later this week and has 12 days to convince medical staff he's fit to tackle the Cats despite coach Nathan Buckley admitting he wasn't confident over the weekend.

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"In layman's terms he hasn't reinjured it," Pies head of football Geoff Walsh told AFL.com.au on Monday.

"Our medical guys are happy with the outcome from the scans (over the weekend) and it's just tightness.

"Like every selection decision we'll see how it goes in the week before."

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Following the positive scan results, Buckley was more bullish about Moore prospects of facing the Cats than he was at the weekend. 

"I expect Darcy to train through the next two weeks and play, and he would expect to do the same," Buckley told the Seven Network on Monday night. 

Despite the setback, the Pies coach still felt the hitout against the Bombers "wasn't a bad introduction" for Moore, whose return was brought forward to "give him a little bit of time to understand where his body is at".  

Asked whether Moore's problem was at least partly a mental one, Buckley asserted: "No, it's clearly a physical issue. He just hasn't been able to get real continuity with his body."

Injured forward Jordan De Goey was put through his paces alongside Ben Reid in a big session at the club's Olympic Park headquarters on Saturday morning.

While De Goey is a certain starter against the Cats, Reid won't get the chance to press his case for a recall with Collingwood's VFL team now finished for 2019.

Darcy Moore joins Jordan De Goey and Ben Reid at a training session earlier this month. Picture: AFL Photos

The Pies are also expected to recall midfielder Steele Sidebottom after he missed the win over Essendon with a ruptured testicle.

"You'd think (he'd play) at this stage, as long as there are no complications from the surgery," Walsh said of Sidebottom.

Forward Josh Thomas was also cleared of major damage to his knee that he twisted late in the win against the Bombers.