Collingwood forward Darcy Moore is having surgery for a fractured collarbone as the Magpies cope with the disastrous fallout from their AFL loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Their rotten luck with injuries this season hit a new low at the MCG on Sunday when they were left with no fit players on the bench.
The Magpies confirmed Moore would have the operation on Monday, while Alex Fasolo had a shoulder fracture and Taylor Adams was out with a serious hamstring injury.
The good news was Alan Toovey’s concussion was not as serious as feared, and Ben Crocker pulled up well after playing out the game with an ankle injury.
Magpies football manager Neil Balme listed Moore, Fasolo and Adams with medium-term injuries, meaning they are out of action for several weeks at best.
“It’s a pretty serious hamstring,” Balme said of Adams on the club website.
“Fortunately it doesn’t need any surgery or whatever, but it’s still a pretty serious one.
“It will be genuinely medium term.”
Balme said Toovey would be out in the short term.
He said the Magpies were unsure how to proceed with treatment for Fasolo’s scapula fracture.
“Obviously it’s pretty sore … it’s certainly at least medium-term at this stage,” Balme said.
The Magpies football boss also described Moore’s recovery as at least medium term.
Moore’s absence means the likely return of key forward Travis Cloke, who has been out of favour since being dropped for their Anzac Day win over Essendon.
Collingwood’s VFL team had the bye over the weekend.