Collingwood's Nick Daicos in 2023 finals series

Darcy Moore, the captain of the Collingwood football team, recently missed training due to a hand issue. Despite this setback, he is expected to be available for the upcoming preliminary final. Moore consulted specialists at Epworth Hospital, where a cast was placed on his right hand to protect a tendon problem he managed during the qualifying final win over Melbourne. The cast is a precautionary measure advised by specialists to settle the tendons in his wrist.

Moore plays a critical role as a key defender for Collingwood. His importance is further highlighted when compared to fellow defender Nathan Murphy, who, although a strong overhead mark, stands at 192 centimeters, considerably shorter than Moore’s 203 centimeters. Moore’s performance was particularly strong in the recent win over Melbourne, solidifying his importance to the team’s success in the finals.

Before his strong return against Melbourne, Moore had missed the final two games of the home and away season due to a hamstring strain. The team expects him to have a light week on the track, benefiting from the extra week off before the preliminary final.

In addition to Moore’s expected return, Collingwood is set to welcome back Brownlow Medal contender Nick Daicos. The 20-year-old has been out of play since suffering a hairline fracture in his knee against Hawthorn in round 21. His return is timely, coinciding with the preliminary final and adding strength to the team’s lineup.

Regarding potential team changes, the outcome of the Brayden Maynard tribunal hearing will inform which player makes way for Daicos. If Maynard is suspended, Daicos would be the likely replacement. However, if Maynard is cleared to play, then Pat Lipinski and substitute Jack Ginnivan will face pressure to hold their spots on the team.

In summary, despite some injury concerns, Collingwood is gearing up strongly for the preliminary final. The return of key players like Darcy Moore and Nick Daicos could significantly bolster the team’s chances of success.