Greenwood out for six weeks

20 December 2017 21:38:41 GMTPlus10
Scott Pendlebury

Collingwood midfielder Levi Greenwood will miss the next six weeks of training after having surgery on his knee.

The 28-year-old had trained throughout the Magpies pre-season so far, but reported pain in his left knee.

He'd sprained his medial ligament in the round 20 win over North Melbourne, forcing him out of the final three games of the season.

We expect him to be back running inside six weeks.

Geoff Walsh

Collingwood sought advice on the best way to combat the problem and were told to rest Greenwood, but he hasn't improved and the club opted to send him for surgery on Tuesday.

Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh said of the player, who made 16 appearances last season: "The surgery, to the medial ligament, is relatively minor, but it should allow Levi to fully recover and play and train pain free. We expect him to be back running inside six weeks."

It's the second time during pre-season that Collingwood have changed their approach to a player's injury.

Forward Jamie Elliott was also initially told to rest after picking up an ankle problem but last month had surgery that will keep him in rehab until at least March.

Walsh said: "That's one thing about Jamie - his approach to his rehab is pretty strong and he's doing the same thing again. So while that is (still) a 12, 14-week stint on the sidelines, he's really pleasing our medical people with his progress."

Two other Magpies players are recovering from post-season surgery. Alex Fasolo will not be back until February after having a shoulder operation while captain Scott Pendlebury had surgery last month to have pins removed from his right middle finger, which were inserted following an injury suffered against Gold Coast in July.

Collingwood are 16/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Magpies are 3/5 to finish in the top eight.

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