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Pendlebury's leg cops minor break

Sportal June 4, 2012, 2:11 pm
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Collingwood champion Scott Pendlebury has been ruled out of the Queen's Birthday clash with Melbourne after suffering a 'minor' crack to his tibia.

Pendlebury suffered the injury during the early stages of Sunday's 97-point thrashing of Gold Coast, when Josh Caddy crashed into his leg, sending a shudder through Magpies' supporters at the ground.

He did return to the field, however, and gathered 17 possessions before being substituted at half-time for Kirk Ugle in what was initially called just a precautionary measure.

But according to the club's football manager Geoff Walsh, he has suffered an injury.

"He had a scan this morning revealing a slight crack in the top of his tibia. He'll be on crutches for 3-4 days," Walsh said on Monday afternoon.

"He won't play this week and we have a bye the following week, but beyond that we're pretty confident he'll come up the following week."

But if the Demons thought they were getting a break not having to face Pendlebury next Monday, Walsh said Dane Swan should return to the team in his place.

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  1. The Skud04:21pm Monday 04th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    He's very lucky ... could have been much worse! No player needs this sort of injury. The risk has increased manyfold since professional players became paid to get bulkier and stronger, even commentators stating "he'll be better with more muscles on him". AFL are trying to limit collisions, but impacts are more dangerous every season.