Magpies' Pendlebury awaits virus results

Oliver Caffrey
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Captain Scott Pendlebury is one of four Collingwood players to undergo testing for COVID-19

Scott Pendlebury is one of up to four Collingwood players to experience cold-flu-like symptoms as the AFL deals with the unfolding coronavirus crisis.

The Magpies captain has been tested for COVID-19 with results expected back on Tuesday.

Any AFL player who tests positive for coronavirus will force the competition to be shutdown for at least 14 days, possibly longer.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said he expected more players to soon undergo test for coronavirus.

"(Pendlebury) is one of three or four of our guys that have had cold symptoms and have had that checked up," he told Nine's Footy Classified.

"I'd reckon that would be a consistent scenario across the 18 clubs.

"We're a little more aware of it because we understand that we want to keep this at bay as much as possible.

"Pendles himself basically had a bit of a runny nose and was diligent in presenting that to the doc and there was enough there to warrant getting a test.

"Whilst the focus is on one player at the moment, I've got little doubt there are other people in football programs that are in the same situation."

A decision on whether round one goes ahead behind closed doors this weekend will be announced on Tuesday.