Injury carnage at the Magpies

While veteran defender Jeremy Howe could return for Friday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs, and Scott Pendlebury was cleared of an arm injury, the new suite of injuries is set to test the depth of the reigning premiers.

The club confirmed on Monday that Cox had sustained a medial ligament injury as well as a concussion against the Dockers as well as the severity of Mihocek’s hamstring strain and to rub salt in to the wounds revealed De Goey suffered a tear in his abdomen and could miss a month of football.

“After experiencing groin awareness during Collingwood’s Round 10 match against Adelaide, further assessment revealed Jordan De Goey sustained an acute rectus abdominal tendon tear,” Collingwood’s Head of High Performance, Jarrod Wade, said.

“The 28-year-old is working through his rehab program and is expected return within three to four weeks.

There were already Magpies had 12 players unavailable due to injury before last week;s trip west and that list will now hit 15 after Joe Richards also suffered a fracture foot and won’t be back until between rounds 16 and 17.

Scans confirmed the worst news for Mihocek who suffered a “minor strain” but in the same area as his previous injury and he’s not expected to return until between rounds 14 and 16.

The Cox blow leaves Collingwood without a standout back-up for ruckman Darcy Cameron.

“Mason Cox has entered the AFL concussion protocols following a knock to the face mid-air during Collingwood’s Round 11 match against Fremantle,” Wade said.

“In addition to the concussion, scans have confirmed Cox sustained a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury from the match.

“The 33-year-old is expected to return in six weeks’ time while he rehabilitates the MCL injury.”

Howe, who hasn’t played since Round 9, should be available if he gets through the pending he gets through main training on Wednesday.

Jamie Elliott is on a modified training program as he manages a minor vascular issue and won’t be back until round 13 at the earliest, with Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell on the same tie frame Tom Mitchell through his rehab for his plantar fasciitis.