Elliott out for at least another match with Buckley still frustrated by Magpies
Collingwood could be bolstered by the return of defender Matthew Scharenberg for Saturday nights clash with North Melbourne, but Magpies' supporters will have to wait at least one more week to see Jamie Elliott again.
Coach Nathan Buckley will also have to deal without experienced duo Taylor Adams (adductor) and Jeremy Howe (calf) for at least two more weeks.
The injury news came as Buckley stood by his post game cynicism, claiming his side needed to continue to explore to find their best.
Elliott would've been a welcome return for the Magpies, who played a taller forward line in Sundays win over the Western Bulldogs, given the forced absence of the suspended Jaidyn Stephenson.
On Tuesday, Buckley sounded hopeful that Elliott would be available this week, but later in the day the club confirmed on social media that he would be unavailable for round 15, having originally injured his hamstring against Carlton in round eight.
“Hes trained really strongly the last couple of weeks, he did a massive session on Sunday and will train fully through this week and whether hes this week or next were looking forward to get him back.
“Hes been really impressive.”
Those comments were at 12:30 on Tuesday afternoon, but Collingwood tweeted less than four hours later: "Jamie Elliott is making positive progress towards a return but won't be available for round 15."
In other injury news at Collingwood, Buckley didnt recoil when asked if Scharenberg was first in line to replace another defender in Howe.
Scharenberg had 33 disposals and took 16 marks on Sunday in what was his third game in the VFL following a third knee reconstruction.
Potentially, hes played a good block of footy and had a really good game on the weekend.
“We know hes an AFL quality player; its just a matter of whether the timing is right for him and for us.”
Buckley was and remains frustrated by his teams inconsistency and is continuing to demand stronger performances from his players.
He cut an angry figure in the coachs box on Sunday and voiced his concerns in his post-game media conference.
48 hours on and things hadnt changed.
“I had the red mist going about our performance and it didnt look any better on tape," Buckley said.
“Great teams are great teams because theyre true to themselves and can impose themselves on the contest more often than not … on that sample size, the last game that we played, we werent able to impose oRead More – Source[contf] [contfnew]