Pies skip­per on side­lines

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

COLLING­WOOD will start its pre­mier­ship de­fence with­out cap­tain Nick Maxwell. Doc­tors at a Perth hos­pi­tal last night were mon­i­tor­ing the Pies skip­per, who suf­fered in­ter­nal dam­age and cracked ribs in Satur­day night’s NAB Cup semi-fi­nal. He will be in hos­pi­tal for a week and faces a month on the side­lines, rul­ing him out of the Mag­pies clash against Port Ade­laide. Maxwell’s in­jury came as a re­sult of a heavy bump by Ea­gles vet­eran Andrew Em­b­ley. And there is se­ri­ous concern for Pies rookie Tom Hunter, who suf­fered a neck in­jury for the sec­ond time in his brief ca­reer against the Ea­gles.

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