Treloar a chance to play this week

Collingwood says gun midfielder Adam Treloar is a chance to complete a remarkable comeback and play in Saturday’s final and that if he is named in the team, he will play.

Collingwood’s head of football Geoff Walsh said Treloar – recovering from a freakish injury to both hamstrings in round 14 – had done all that the conditioning staff and medicos had asked of him. ‘‘He’s a chance.’’

Will he play? Adam Treloar's body language was certainly positive on Tuesday.

Will he play? Adam Treloar’s body language was certainly positive on Tuesday.

Walsh said Treloar had ‘‘ticked all the boxes we want to see’’, but that it was ‘‘too early’’ to declare whether the explosive midfielder would play against West Coast in Perth, in what would be his first game since suffering the double hamstring injury – one of which was severe.

Walsh said yesterday the Magpies would not ‘‘play ducks and drakes’’ with Treloar’s selection by naming him and then withdrawing him. ‘‘If selected Thursday, he’ll be playing.’’

Treloar’s return would be a major boost to the Magpies, the midfielder having averaged 31 disposals in 13 games prior to the injury that appeared likely to have ended his season. Collingwood have covered for Treloar by promoting the big-bodied youngster Brayden Sier.

Walsh confirmed that defender Jeremy Howe would return to the side, having sat out the past five games with a badly corked leg that required surgery.

Collingwood’s other major selection decision rests with their tall backs and whether they pick the inexperienced former basketballer Jack Madgen or veteran Tyson Goldsack, who has played two VFL games after returning from a pre-season knee reconstruction in six months. The lack of tall defenders to play on the returning Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling shapes as Collingwood’s most obvious issue.

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