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Collingwood have suffered a giant blow in the wake of their Anzac Day victory, losing star ruckman Brodie Grundy to a long-term knee injury.
The Magpies big man could miss up to three months, meaning he will likely only be able to return for the last month of the 2022 AFL season.
Grundy suffered a PCL injury after coming up against Essendon ruckman Sam Draper in Monday's 11-point win at the MCG.
The 28-year-old received the knock during the third quarter but managed to play out the game.
Grundy had scans on Tuesday and Collingwood said he would miss a "number of weeks".
PCL injuries usually sideline a player for up to 12 weeks.
Grundy will meet with specialists later in the week to determine if he needs surgery.
"We are all disappointed for Brodie," Collingwood football manager Graham Wright said.
"While he is a key member of our team and will be missed, out of adversity comes opportunity for other members of the squad to play a role during this time.
"We know Brodie will be dedicated to his rehabilitation and will continue to remain involved with the team as he recovers."
Grundy was adamant after the game he had escaped any major issue.
"(I'm) pretty sore, he jumps in hard, Drapes, so he made me earn it," Grundy told Fox Footy.
"I should be fine."
Grundy's absence could help earn out-of-sorts tall Mason Cox a recall.
Darcy Cameron was used as a ruck-forward against the Bombers but would likely need support without Grundy for an extended period.
Cox was supported by uncapped youngster Aiden Begg, who was taken by the Magpies in last year's mid-season rookie draft, in Collingwood's VFL match at the weekend.
Grundy wasn't the only Magpies player to go down on Anzac Day, with off-season recruit Nathan Kreuger likely to undergo surgery after suffering a recurrence of his left shoulder injury.