Caretaker Collingwood coach Robert Harvey’s job just became much harder, with star Magpies defender Darcy Moore likely to miss the rest of the AFL season.
- Moore sustained the knee injury against the Demons on Monday
- The Magpies expect Moore will be sidelined for up to nine matches
- Robert Harvey will coach the Magies for the remainder of the season following Nathan Buckley’s departure
Moore injured the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee late in the Magpies’ 17-point win over Melbourne at the SCG on Monday.
The All-Australian defender consulted with specialists today and he will have his knee in a brace for six weeks.
The Magpies, who are out of finals contention, expect Moore will be sidelined for their remaining nine matches in the season.
“It is obviously disappointing for everyone,” Collingwood football manager Graham Wright said in a club statement.
“For Darcy, who had been enjoying another fine season, and for the team which is now without one of the game’s best defenders.
“We know Darcy will be dedicated in his approach to his rehabilitation and will continue to help the group as one of our emerging leaders but there is no sugar-coating the disappointment of his loss.”
Harvey is stepping in as Magpies coach following Nathan Buckley’s decision to leave the role.
Buckley’s last match in charge was the win over the Demons in Sydney.
Harvey, who was an assistant under Buckley, will guide the Magpies in their clash with Fremantle at Docklands on June 26, with the club having the bye this weekend.
When they return to action, Collingwood will be without star playmaker Jordan De Goey, who was suspended for one match for a high bump on Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver.
The Magpies won their final two matches under Buckley. They sit 16th on the ladder with a 4-9 win-loss record after 13 rounds.