Scharenberg ‘shattered’ after suspected ACL | Innovation Tech
AN emotional Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley on Saturday night conceded injury-plagued defender Matthew Scharenberg appears likely to miss another 12 months after almost certainly suffering a third ACL injury in the club’s 28-point loss to reigning premiers Richmond.
But Buckley maintained his team’s psyche won’t be dented by its long injury list, with Scharenberg (knee), Jeremy Howe (concussion) and Brody Mihocek (ankle and head) among the casualties.
Already without Adam Treloar (hamstrings), Jordan De Goey (leg bone stress), Lynden Dunn (knee) and Ben Reid (knees), and with Jamie Elliott, James Aish and Alex Fasolo playing VFL, the Magpies will have plenty of stress applied to their defensive set-up ahead of Saturday night’s clash against Sydney at the SCG.
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“There’s clearly things that challenge your psyche, but you can throw whatever you like at our group — they’ll find a way to respond positively, to stand up, to find a reason to continue to fight,” Buckley said.
“That was there and evident (against Richmond) so we haven’t lost anything in that regard.”
Scharenberg was on Saturday night being comforted by his family, who had come across from Adelaide for the game, and his teammates, who were shaken by the injury to the popular Magpie.
“He’s a young bloke who loves his footy and he’s been through his fair share with his feet and then his ACLs,” Buckley said.
“In these last 12 months, he’s been able to play quite a bit of footy and shown more than glimpses of the ability we know he has.
“There’s not a lot of light at the end of the tunnel right now for him … he’s shattered and not in a great spot.”
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Scharenberg clutched at his left knee midway through the third term. The 22-year-old had been in the richest vein of form in his stop-start career, having barely missed a game since the middle of last year.
He has already had two knee reconstructions — a left one in 2014 and a right one in 2015 — as well as surgeries to both feet.
It left the Magpies two rotations down in the second half, after Howe was ruled out in the first term after copping an accidental boot to the head from teammate Darcy Moore.
Howe will be monitored this week, while Mihocek played out the game — shifting to defence — despite a troublesome ankle.
Scharenberg’s injury means the Magpies will be sweating even more on a possible return by Tyson Goldsack, who suffered an ACL in the preseason.
Goldsack could resume in the VFL in the coming weeks.
“There’s a fair few boys that aren’t in the side at the moment that continue to fight for their opportunity to continue and Goldy is one of those,” he said.
“It’s still something we’re being pretty positive about and we’re looking at the opportunity and Goldy, in particular, is really bullish. He’s training really well, but we’ll continue to make prudent decisions based on the information we’ve got.”
Buckley said Collingwood would relish another chance at tackling the Tigers if they get the chance in the finals after pushing the premiership favourites for three quarters — as they did in Round 6 — before being outplayed in the final term.
“We got beaten on the day but we didn’t lower our colours and we’ll learn a bit out of that, that we can take with us.”
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