Sport Pies boosted by star AFL recruit's return

22:57  10 april  2017
22:57  10 april  2017 Source:

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Wells, a high-profile recruit from North Melbourne in the off-season, was absent with a calf injury as the Pies slipped to a 0-2 start to their campaign.

Nathan Buckley's men kick-started their season with an upset win over Sydney at the SCG at the weekend and now Wells is available for selection after shaking off the injury.

"Daniel will train again this week, he's joined in the last three or four sessions strongly, and we expect him to get through this week," Pies football chief Geoff Walsh said.

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"He'll play or be available for selection this week.

"It's just a matter for the match committee whether they select him at AFL or VFL level but he will be available given his strong training form over the last two or three sessions."

Wells' availability comes after another former Kangaroo, rugged midfielder Levi Greenwood, made a swift recovery from hip surgery to play his first game of the season in last week's thrilling one-point win over the Swans.

Young midfielder Jordan De Goey added to Collingwood's early-season woes when he broke his hand in a bar fight and then told the club he suffered the injury playing with his dog.

The 20-year-old was slapped with a three-match ban by the club to be served after he's fit to return from the injury.

"Pending a specialist report on his hand, we are hopeful Jordan will be declared fit to go by the end of this week," Walsh said.

"Which would mean he is available for VFL selection as of this weekend."

The Magpies will attempt to square their season ledger when they play St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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