Collingwood’s Jesse White is expected to be fit for the AFL club’s Queen’s Birthday clash with Melbourne, while Nick Maxwell is set to miss three games.
Fatherhood rather than a finger injury is on Collingwood AFL player Jesse White’s mind.
White’s first child is due this week.
The 26-year-old will soon be nursing both a baby girl and a compound finger dislocation, but neither is expected to stop him playing in the traditional Queen’s Birthday AFL fixture.
“There’s no fracture, which was a good result,” Collingwood director of football Rodney Eade said on the club’s website.
“He’s in a splint at the moment but we’re pretty confident he will be able to play on Monday.”
White lamented how long it took to click the bone back into place during the Magpies’ 86-point mauling of St Kilda on Friday night.
“But it’s all good now. I should be right (to face Melbourne),” he added.
Eade confirmed defensive general Nick Maxwell is likely to miss three weeks due to his torn calf.
“With his age, you’d probably think we’ll err on the side of caution and it’ll probably be three weeks,” Eade said of Maxwell, who celebrates his 31st birthday on Tuesday.
In better news for the club, Dane Swan (heel), Brodie Grundy (back) and Luke Ball (calf) are all expected to tackle the Demons at the MCG.
White has attracted little of the fanfare afforded other off-season AFL recruits this year, but the ex-Swan appears a good fit at Collingwood.
The man who represented Queensland in basketball and Australian football during his school days has played every match since round two.
Against St Kilda, he was pitched into the ruck following the last-minute withdrawal of Grundy, and arguably played his best game in black and white.
“Jesse’s shown when he’s in and around the ball, he has great impact,” coach Nathan Buckley said.
“We’re still finding out whether his role is best as a second ruckman or a legitimate tall forward.
“It takes players a little bit of time to adapt to new surroundings.”
For White, life as a Magpie is sitting well.
“It’s been great. My family’s all in Melbourne so I’ve got that support off field,” he said.
“I’ve got a baby due any time now. The club’s been sensational with their support and giving me the time I need.
“I can’t wait (to be a dad).”