‘Strange’ blow for Collingwood’s $7m star

Collingwood has been dealt another blow, with ruckman Brodie Grundy suffering a “strange” neck injury during Saturday afternoon’s loss to the Geelong Cats.

The Magpies endured a horror start to their Round 11 contest — it was first time Collingwood failed to kick a goal in the first half at the MCG in 116 years.

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Grundy managed to break Collingwood’s goalkicking drought early in the third quarter, booting his side’s only major in the opening three terms.

But tragedy struck soon after, with the two-time All-Australian rushed into the sheds with a suspected shoulder injury following a marking contest on the centre-wing with Geelong ruckman Rhys Stanley.

Young gun Finlay Macrae was brought on as Grundy’s medical substitution.

Collingwood star Brodie Grundy has headed down to the rooms after this incident.#AFLPiesCatspic.twitter.com/f8n6d2Ye6k

The Magpies soon confirmed Grundy was experiencing neck pain, with the 27-year-old taken to Epworth Hospital for further scans.

“He had his head wrenched back and pinched a nerve in his neck,” Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley told reporters after the 10-point loss.

“It presented as a stinger down his right arm, but the doc was concerned about nerve damage and he was unable to take part in the rest of the game.

“He’s at hospital having a scan. Anything that comes from that, we’ll let you know. But it’s a bit of a strange one. Not being able to complete the game, it’s a concern. We need to get a look at that to see exactly what’s happened.”

Grundy has played 161 games for the Magpies since making his AFL debut in 2013. He is a two-time best-and-fairest recipient, and last year signed a seven-year contract reportedly worth $1 million per season.

Brodie Grundy could miss some footy.Source:Getty Images

Buckley also confirmed Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury was battling an injury during Saturday’s lacklustre contest.

“Pendles is probably not at full fitness at the moment and the last couple of weeks he keeps finding a way,” Buckley said.

“Very rarely do players take to the field 100 per cent fit, by the way. He’s a tough unit.”

Collingwood’s season record now stands at 2-9 — the club’s worst start to a premiership since 1999 — with the Magpies reeling in 16th spot on the AFL ladder.

Buckley’s side will next face the Crows at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, June 5.

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