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Magpies hopeful on Dick's shoulder

By Adam Cooper 28/06/2010 05:01:25 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood believe small AFL forward Brad Dick has dodged a bullet with his shoulder injury, but will grant him some rest before deciding if he can play West Coast on Saturday night.

Dick landed heavily on his left shoulder in Saturday night's win over Sydney at ANZ Stadium, which raised concerns he had suffered another serious injury as he required a shoulder reconstruction at the end of last season.

But the Magpies say Dick's shoulder is structurally sound and that he could even be a chance to play the Eagles at Etihad Stadium.

"We're giving it a couple of days to settle it down and he'll be given a few days to rest it," a club spokesman said on Monday.

"We're hoping he pulls up well and structurally, the shoulder seems OK, so he'll be given every chance, and will probably train later in the week."

Dick, 21, has offered the Magpies some encouragement from the forward pocket in the past two games as he booted four goals in the draw against Melbourne in round 12 and kicked one against the Swans when he left the ground.

His presence has been timely given Leon Davis and Paul Medhurst have had their struggles with form this season.

Collingwood will also wait until later in the week before assessing captain Nick Maxwell, who missed the win over the Swans with a calf injury.

Ruckman Josh Fraser could also press for a recall as he played well in the VFL on Sunday, after being dropped after a poor game against the Demons.

Fraser is perched on 199 career AFL games and could be considered given the Eagles have a strong ruck division in All-Australian Dean Cox and young gun Nic Naitunui.

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