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Pies mull return of senior trio

Pies mull return of senior trio

Mon August 20, 2012 1:35pm

Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh says three senior players who have missed much of the season will be "serious considerations" for this week's vital game against West Coast in Perth.

Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh says three senior players who have missed much of the season will be “serious considerations” for this week's vital game against West Coast in Perth.

Forward Andrew Krakouer and utility Brent Macaffer, who both suffered major knee injuries in the pre-season, have now played three VFL games, and Ben Johnson, who damaged his shoulder in round six, has played twice.

But if any of them are to play a role in the finals, Walsh told SEN radio this morning, they need to get time in the seniors. Now.

“'Pleasingly, not only have they all got through, but particularly Ben and Andrew found a fair bit of the ball, so they're working into some form reasonably quickly. So that augurs well for a potential return.

"We've obviously only got two games left at AFL level so if those boys are going to play any sort of role come finals time we'll obviously need to get them some AFL match conditioning sooner rather than later.

“You'd certainly want to be going into a finals series with at least one, maybe even two AFL level games under your belt. It would be a very big ask particularly for those boys who have missed virtually the whole season, to step into a finals series where we know the pressure and the tempo … goes up a fair bit from a home and away game.”

Walsh is “pretty confident” that Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell, subbed out of Saturday's loss to North Melbourne, will play against the Eagles. Sidelined defensive forward Tyson Goldack (ankle) may also press for a return after missing two games.

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