Another bizarre injury involving a Collingwood player and his pet dog has sidelined emerging midfielder Jordan De Goey for the start of the AFL season.

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In a significant blow for the Magpies, De Goey will need surgery on his broken hand and is expected to be out of action for two to three weeks.

"You won't believe me ... he was playing with his dog," coach Nathan Buckley said on Monday.

"If we don't laugh, we'll cry about it - or I will, anyway.

"He was playing with his dog and he went to throw a toy - it wasn't a frisbee.

"He caught his hand on the edge of a door, a door handle."

In February last year, Magpies defender Jeremy Howe was sidelined for several weeks with a broken finger.

There was speculation at the time Howe was hurt playing cricket, but the Magpies remain adamant it happened while playing frisbee with his dog.

Collingwood also announced on Monday midfielder Levi Greenwood needs surgery on the hip injury he first suffered three weeks ago.

The Magpies will not know until after the operation how long Greenwood will be out of action.

At this stage, it is four to five weeks.

"We gave it time to settle, but it will need surgery today," Buckley said.

Last Friday, Collingwood announced forward Jamie Elliott was out of action with an ankle injury.

But Buckley said Elliott, who missed all of last season with a back problem, is a slim chance for their round-two match against Richmond.

So far, the Magpies are in better shape than this time last season, when they were cruelled by a rash of injuries.

Buckley says they have 38 fit players ahead of Friday night's round-one match against the Western Bulldogs.

High-profile recruit Daniel Wells is yet to play for the club after calf muscle niggles during the pre-season, but Buckley said the injury-prone midfielder was making solid progress.

"The program he's on has him playing some footy in round three," Buckley said.

"He's building towards that and the last couple of weeks have been really encouraging for us.

"We have to take every marker as it comes and give him every chance."

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