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Aussie Rules: Pies suffer massive injury blow

The 2023 AFL season has not even begun and already Collingwood have been hit by a big injury blow with a key midfielder ruled out for months.

Injuries are part and parcel of AFL, it is very physical and demanding game, but losing players before a ball is even bounced in the regular season is hard for any club to take. And that is what Collingwood are having to deal with after losing Pat Lipinski for the foreseeable future.

There is also injury news to report from the West Coast Eagles, Gold Coast Suns, Richmond Tigers and North Melbourne. The new season is fast approaching so let’s take a look at the very latest to come from the treatment room as injuries to big players continue to dominate the headlines.

Pies rocked by Lipinski update

Collingwood are priced at 2.85 to finish in the top four of the AFL this season but they will need to begin the campaign without Lipinski.

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The 24-year-old had impressed during a practice match against Hawthorn on Thursday, only to then suffer a shoulder injury in the same game. Lipinski has now been forced to undergo his second shoulder operation in the space of six months and is looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Pies have now confirmed the midfielder will be out of contention until after the mid-season bye while he works his way back to full fitness. At least there was one piece of good news for Collingwood. Jordan De Goey has avoided a suspension following a dangerous tackle against the Hawks. 

It means he will be free to face Geelong in the opening match of the season on 17th March. Collingwood are priced at 2.70 to win that game while the reigning premiers can be backed at 1.47.

Miller good to go for Suns

Gold Coast Suns have been handed a big boost with skipper Touk Miller declaring he will be fit to play in the round one opener against the Sydney Swans.

The Suns are hoping to break into the top eight and play finals in 2023 and it goes without saying the influential Miller is key to their chances. There were concerns over the fitness of Miller after he suffered a hamstring issue which has forced him to miss both of the pre-season hit-outs.

However Miller says he has been training hard and would have played at the weekend had it been the regular season. Instead he took the opportunity to train and with a couple of weeks to go says he will be ready for the opener. The Suns can be backed at 2.25 to beat the Swans.

Tigers reveal Prestia hopes

Richmond Tigers say they are hopeful the influential Dion Prestia will make the round one clash against Carlton as he continues to battle back from injury.

The Tigers will open the new season against the Blues at the MCG on Thursday 16th March and are priced at 1.68 to begin with a win. And they hope to have Prestia in their side.

The 30-year-old remains a doubt after suffering a strained pectoral muscle in the practice-match loss to Melbourne on Saturday. It is still early days but the Tigers seem hopeful. The same can be said of Jayden Short, who suffered a calf strain in the same game.

The Tigers, who are priced at 9.00 to win the flag, will not rule him out at this stage and will see how he progresses over the next week.

Kangaroos wait on young gun

North Melbourne will be out to climb the ladder under new head coach Alastair Clarkson so they could do without injury issues before the season starts.

However they have one big worry after Cam Zurhaar suffered a calf strain in the practice match against the Western Bulldogs at the weekend. North’s footy boss Todd Viney has confirmed the player will have to ease off on training over the next couple of weeks and hope that does the trick.

Round one against West Coast Eagles definitely looks to be a no-go though with the Roos priced at 1.72 to start the season with a win. West Coast, who have injury concerns of their own with Jack Darling, can be backed at 2.15.

Darling is not yet fully fit as he attempts to recover from an ankle injury and the Eagles will be keeping their fingers crossed regards the North Melbourne clash.

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