Five-goal hero needs finger surgery
Jordan De Goey faces up to two months on the sidelines with a finger injury, after his five-goal starring role in Collingwood's 22-point win over Geelong.
The 24-year-old superstar was the only multiple goalkicker in the Magpies' 8.9 (57) to 5.5 (35) victory at Perth's Optus Stadium.
But he picked up an injury during the third quarter which will require surgery, and is expected to keep him out for at least six weeks.
Out-of-contract forward De Goey will have surgery this weekend in Perth to repair the flexor tendon in his right middle finger.
He booted his first goal against the Cats in the opening two minutes, sending Nathan Buckley's side on their way to a win that put them, at least temporarily, into second spot on the ladder.
The Magpies leapfrogged Geelong, who went into the game as the competition's highest-scoring team and owning a three-game winning streak.
The Cats couldn't keep their successful run going against the AFL's best defensive team, who kept them to their lowest score since 2001.
Chris Scott's side lost Joel Selwood to a hamstring injury in the first quarter and then youngster Jordan Clark in the third term with a shoulder concern.
Clark, who booted the Cats' first goal of the opening term, found his right arm tangled in a contest at ground level with Collingwood big man Brodie Grundy. The West Australian, who had not played at senior level since the opening round, immediately grabbed for his arm and ended the game in a sling.
De Goey took a mark early on that was followed by a long goal, and a one-handed mark and snap in the second term helped the Magpies build an 18-point advantage by half-time.
He booted all of his side's three majors in the fourth quarter to cap his best game of 2020.
Collingwood are 22/1 to win the Grand Final.
The Magpies are 51/50 to win their next game against West Coast, who are 5/6.
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