Collingwood dealt ‘MASSIVE’ injury blow as star utility Jame Elliott faces up to 12 weeks out
Collingwood could lose star utility Jamie Elliott for 12 weeks after he was injured in their upset AFL loss to West Coast.
Elliott had been one of their best players on Saturday at Marvel Stadium when Jamaine Jones crunched him in a tackle early in the last quarter.
He was nursing his left arm as he left the field and coach Craig McRae confirmed Elliott had hurt his A/C joint.
The Pies lost Jamie Elliott to a dislocated left shoulder in the fourth quarter
‘He’s going straight to hospital,” McRae said post-match.
‘It could be quite a serious injury. If he needs an operation, it could be 12 weeks.
‘It’s not a great result for us. He’s a pivotal part of what we do and we care deeply for him.’
With Collingwood losing Taylor Adams and Jordan De Goey for Saturday’s game, Elliott spent more time in the midfield and was having a solid game when injured.
Collingwood coach Craig McRae admitted the injury to Elliott was ‘massive’ for his team
‘It’s massive – he’s one of our forward leaders, an incredible pressure player,’ McRae said.
‘The thing you don’t see is the way he’s leading our young players.
‘It does leave a hole.’
Elliott, 29, has played 140 games for the Magpies and twice led their goalkicking.
Elliott spent more time in the midfield and was having a solid game when injured on Saturday
The star utility now could face surgery to repair his injured shoulder, McRae said
His injury added to a dirty day for Collingwood, who paid dearly for inaccurate goalkicking.
They dominated inside 50s 61-42 and had seven more scoring shots, but were overrun late for the second-successive week.
‘We’re just learning how to win – that’s the reality of our group,’ McRae said.
‘We’re putting ourselves in positions to be able to get the job done.
‘It’s another week where all the numbers look really good, but we just don’t get the result.’