COLLINGWOOD is bracing to be without captain Scott Pendlebury for up to four matches after scans revealed he had suffered a quad strain in Sunday's warm-up against West Coast.

Pendlebury was removed from the Pies' line-up less than five minutes before the 66-point loss to the Eagles after complaining of tightness in his quad

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The Pies have a seven-day break before facing Fremantle which will be the first of four games inside a 14-day window. 

The final game of their next block – round 12 against Melbourne – will fall on August 15 and is 20 days after his injury on Sunday. 

"It was my last kick for the warm-up session, I just felt a little pinch in my quad and had scans this morning and there's a little strain there," Pendlebury told on Monday. 

"I'll probably miss the next couple of games which is unfortunate. 

"I think we made the right call not to play. If there's a little strain there and you continue to play or try and play through that, it might rip into something far more significant."

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Emergency Atu Bosenavulagi earned a late reprieve to tackle the Eagles as the last emergency who was warming up with the team. 

The other three emergencies – Brayden Sier, Ben Reid and Jack Madgen – instead turned their focus to a scratch match later in the afternoon against West Coast's reserves. 

Sier will be a contender for Pendlebury's vacant spot, while vice-captain Steele Sidebottom is a certain starter after serving his four-match suspension for breaking COVID-19 protocols. 

Draftee Jay Rantall and second-year midfielder Tyler Brown will be considered, while the Pies may opt to give more midfield time to Jack Crisp as they did against the Eagles.  


Round 9 v Fremantle, Optus Stadium, Sunday, August 2
Round 10 v Sydney, Gabba, Thursday, August 6
Round 11 v Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, Tuesday, August 11
Round 12 v Melbourne, Gabba, Saturday, August 15