Herald Sun

El­liott blow to Mag­pies

- RE­BECCA WIL­LIAMS re­becca.wil­liams@news.com.au

COLLING­WOOD has suf­fered a blow to its scor­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, with for­ward Jamie El­liott ruled out of to­mor­row’s clash with West Coast at Eti­had Sta­dium.

El­liott failed to train with his team­mates at yesterday’s main ses­sion at Olympic Park, stay­ing in­doors to re­ceive treat­ment for what the club ini­tially de­scribed as “gen­eral sore­ness”.

But Mag­pies di­rec­tor of football, Neil Balme, re­vealed last night El­liott had a “stress re­ac­tion” in his back and could be side­lined for two games.

“Billy has hurt his back, it’s a stress re­ac­tion. I don’t think it’s too bad but he will cer­tainly miss this week (and) maybe another one,” Balme told the club’s web­site.

“We will be able to as­sess it dur­ing the next week to see how bad it is.

“We’re not that con­cerned about it but he will cer­tainly miss one.”

Mid­field re­cruit Levi Greenwood will make his de­but for the Mag­pies af­ter over­com­ing a frac­tured tibia in the pre-sea­son.

Greenwood was one of four in­clu­sions for the Mag­pies, who also named Mar­ley Wil­liams, Paul Seeds­man and Ben Kennedy in their team to face the sec­ond-placed Ea­gles.

El­liott has kicked 28 goals for the Mag­pies this sea­son, but in the past four matches, he has man­aged just four ma­jors.

He was joined on the side­lines by Tim Broom­head (shoul­der) and Tay­lor Adams (sus­pended), while teenager Darcy Moore was omit­ted.

Broom­head is set to miss six weeks with a cracked shoul­der, while Adams is out for the next two games af­ter he was sus­pended for knee­ing Port Ade­laide’s Justin Westhoff.

Greenwood, who crossed from North Mel­bourne dur­ing last year’s trade pe­riod, has worked his way back to match fit­ness with three games in the VFL. “He’s a ter­rific player and he had a great year last year with North and we were re­ally pleased to get him,’’ Balme said.

“Who’d have thought we’d have to wait un­til Round 16 to see him? It’s been dis­ap­point­ing and taken him a long time, but he’s played very well in the last cou­ple of games in the VFL.

“We’ve been wait­ing for him to come in, it’s very ex­cit­ing.’’

The Ea­gles named an un­changed line-up for the match.

 ?? Pic­tures: WAYNE LUDBEY ?? Vet­eran Dane Swan with for­mer Kan­ga­roo and Mag­pies debu­tant Levi Greenwood. Mar­ley Wil­liams (right) is also in the Colling­wood line-up.
Pic­tures: WAYNE LUDBEY Vet­eran Dane Swan with for­mer Kan­ga­roo and Mag­pies debu­tant Levi Greenwood. Mar­ley Wil­liams (right) is also in the Colling­wood line-up.
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