AFL injuries: Collingwood confirms broken ribs for Scott Pendlebury

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Collingwood great Scott Pendlebury is in doubt for the Magpies’ crucial next clash against Port Adelaide after scans confirmed he suffered broken ribs against Hawthorn.

The Magpies said the former captain would be “monitored” over the bye before a call is made on whether he could face the Power in round 6, with a return to the top eight potentially up for grabs with a win.

It comes as luckless key forward Nathan Kreuger was again struck down by injury and ruled out for up to four more weeks.

Collingwood said Kreuger, 24, suffered a “minor calf strain” at training last week after he had been cleared to return from a hamstring injury suffered in the pre-season.

The former Cat, who has only managed nine senior games in six seasons, loomed as an important option in attack for coach Craig McRae due to the poor form of Mason Cox and Ash Johnson.

The Magpies said premiership defender Nathan Murphy was continuing to “progress through his individual rehabilitation plan” along with trio Harry DeMattia (finger), Josh Eyre (hamstring) and Dan McStay (ACL).

Young ruckman Oscar Steene was a strong chance to play in the VFL this weekend after battling concussion symptoms early this season.

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