Collingwood captain Darcy Moore has undergone minor wrist surgery, according to 7NEWS Melbourne’s Mitch Cleary, but will be back in training early next year.
It’s a minor hiccup for the 2023 AFL premiership captain, who has a long history of frustrating injuries, but has stayed relatively fit over the past two seasons.
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Moore played every game in 2022 bar one, including all of Collingwood’s three finals, missing only Round 17 due to a minor knee complaint.
He then strung the first 21 games of the 2023 season together before going down with a hamstring injury in Round 22, which saw him miss the final two games of the season, but was able to return in time to lead the Pies through their historic finals series.
The 27-year-old is in no doubt of missing any footy with his latest wrist setback.
Darcy Moore has undergone wrist surgery. Credit: Getty
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for St Kilda forward Dan Butler, who this week underwent his second ankle surgery of the pre-season.
The Saints are still hopeful that Butler will re-join the main training group at some stage of January, but the goalkicker now faces a race against the clock to be ready for their Round 1 clash against Geelong on March 16.
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Butler was one of only two Saints to kick 30 or more goals in 2023, and will hold even more value for Ross Lyon’s side in 2024 after the departure of Jade Gresham.
Back at Collingwood, key defender Nathan Murphy has been given the all-clear by the league’s concussion panel to continue his career after yet another head knock threatened to curtail it.
Murphy, 24, sustained his most recent concussion during the Magpies’ grand final win over the Brisbane Lions in September.
Collingwood had asked the AFL to assess the 57-game defender’s condition, noting he had suffered multiple concussions throughout his career.
Nathan Murphy has been given the thumbs up to play on next season after his latest concussion. Credit: AAP
Murphy has now been permitted to return to the field in 2024.
“Nathan’s health and wellbeing remains our absolute priority,” Collingwood football boss Graham Wright said in a statement.
“Nathan suffered a concussion late in the first quarter of the grand final and following this incident – combined with his medical history – the club together with Nathan and his family, engaged with concussion specialists and the expert concussion medical panel convened by the AFL to assess a return to play.
“At the conclusion of this process, the expert concussion medical panel convened by the AFL determined that Nathan was able to return to playing football in the elite AFL competition.
“The health and welfare of all athletes at Collingwood remains paramount and any incidence of concussion will continue to be managed appropriately and in line with the AFL’s current concussion guidelines.”
Former Sydney and St Kilda player Paddy McCartin was forced to retire in August after the league’s concussion experts recommended he stop playing.
The 2014 No.1 draft pick, McCartin had a long history of concussion, which led to his delisting by the Saints at the end of 2019.
His comeback with the Swans lasted just four rounds into a second season.
– With AAP