Darcy Moore fit to play Tigers

Collingwood key position swing man Darcy Moore has been cleared of hamstring damage and is free to play against Richmond in the top four blockbuster this week.

Moore was a late withdrawal from Saturday's win over North Melbourne when he felt tightness in the hamstring in the warm up to the game.

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After the athletic key position player had been out at length with hamstring injuries in the last two seasons Collingwood immediately pulled him out of the game leaving them to play North Melbourne and the twin forward targets of Ben Brown and Majak Daw with no recognised tall defender.

Scans of Moore's hamstring are understood to have revealed no damage.

Moore will now train as normal this week and assuming he gets through training he will be free to play against Richmond.

The Magpies will not rush any of their returning injured players, who resumed last week in the VFL, back into the senior team for Saturday's game.

Jamie Elliott, James Aish, Alex Fasolo and Jarryd Blair all played in the VFL after injury, getting through the game unscathed and each impressing at different times.

Darcy Moore will be fit to play against Richmond on Saturday.

Darcy Moore will be fit to play against Richmond on Saturday.

Collingwood will be keenest to get Elliott and Aish back into the team with Elliott adding to the list of dangerous small to medium sized goal kickers. With a good leap and sticky hands Elliott is very good over head and so like Will Hoskin-Elliott and Jordan De Goey can present as another target forward. He is also quick so like Jaidyn Stephenson plays a role in the forward line with pressure and tackling.

James Aish had started playing the best footy of his career on a wing before injuring his posterior cruciate ligament, coincidentally against richmond in round six. Aish avoided surgery to repair the PCL and instead was able to recover after wearing a knee brace for a month.

Aish's position on the wing was taken by Chris Mayne who has been serviceable in his longest run of senior games since joining the club.

Fasolo and Blair had been struggling to secure senior games before suffering injuries.

Steele Sidebotttom was reported to have fractured his jaw but he has no fracture, and will train and play this week.

The game against Richmond is expected to be close to a sell out with about 90,000 people expected at the MCG for the genuine blockbuster.

The Magpies and Tigers will play the biggest game between the two teams in 38 years – since the 1980 grand final – when they meet on Saturday.

The two big Victorian teams have not played a final against one another since that grand final and have not played one another when they are both in the top four – first and third – and on the eve of the finals.

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