Jeremy Howe won’t play in Collingwood’s final home-and-away game of 2018, coach Nathan Buckley has confirmed.
Howe has battled a corkie in his leg since Round 19, an ailment that he said made him feel like a “80-90 year-old”.
The uncertainty surrounding Howe’s injury will see him sit out the Magpies’ clash with Fremantle on Saturday.
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“He (Howe) ran around yesterday, he won’t play this week,” Buckley told SEN’s Whateley.
“The plan, once again, is to get some solid training into him to get him cherry ripe.
“We could push him for this week but once again, the risk/reward is not great.
“If he has another setback now, we don’t know where that would go.
“He is, in his own mind and in our minds, he is setting himself for two weeks down the track.”
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Buckley also provided an update on star midfielder Adam Treloar, who is inching closer to a return from a serious hamstring injury.
“His training form in the last week has been a steep improvement,” Buckley said.
“There are going to be period of his recovery where there’s going to be sticking points and you either get through them or get stuck on them.
“He has had a couple over the last month and he has been stuck for a couple of days, but then he has pushed through.
“The progression has happened as smoothly as they possibly could have.
“He has a plan in place around ramping up the next couple weeks.
“In that two weeks, there will be some progressions that need to be had.
“How cleanly he gets through those will dictate what his contribution to us is in September.”