COLLINGWOOD is expected to be without Chris Mayne for the rest of the home and away season after surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone on Monday night.
Mayne wore the full brunt of a bullocking Patrick Cripps while attempting to tackle the Carlton co-captain late in the Pies' win over the Blues on Sunday.
The Pies wingman was taken to hospital following the incident and was due to go under the knife on Monday night.
"It was a solid contest, we all saw the impact and he's a big boy, Patty Cripps, and he was going flat knacker," Pies coach Nathan Buckley told Fox Footy.
"He (Mayne) thought he had him (Cripps) cold coming in from his blind spot but he collected his shoulder in the wrong spot and (suffered a) depressed cheekbone and he's (gone) to correct that."
"It's the second week in a row 'Mayney' has put his body on the line in a really important contest that's reinforced the momentum of the game for us.
"I wouldn't be counting Mayney out of anything.
"We don't know exactly where that (surgery) will leave him, I think the early prognosis is three or four weeks. Depending on the surgeon's advice and our doctor, we'll know more when it gets to the other side of the surgery."
Cripps, who went for scans to assess potential knee damage on Monday, revealed he had reached out to Mayne to offer his well wishes after the collision.
"I messaged him last night, he's a tough bugger," Cripps told reporters on Monday.
"It was a good hit, I had eyes for the ball… you love seeing physical contact in footy, but you hate seeing guys get injured, so I made sure he was OK last night. I think he was in good spirits."
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Meanwhile, Jordan De Goey will get a pin removed from his finger before ramping up training next week with a view to potentially feature in the final round of the season.
"If he gets a game, it might be the last round. Jordy's doing everything possible to get himself ready," Buckley said.
The Pies return to the Gabba to face Brisbane on Friday night before a bye and games against Gold Coast and Port Adelaide to finish the season.