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Eddie McGuire Says Pies Will Defy AFL Setback

Whatever happens to Adam Treloar's AFL season, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire defiantly predicts it will not be a dagger through their hearts.

The Magpies are bracing themselves for bad news when Treloar meets with a surgeon on Tuesday.

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Scans show he has injuries to two of his hamstrings and the Brownlow Medal fancy could need season-ending surgery.

Collingwood are particularly worried about tendon damage to Treloar's left hamstring.

Treloar is one of Collingwood's most important players and at best, he will be out of action for around six to eight weeks.

It's a major blow to the Magpies' push for their first finals series since 2013.

But McGuire remains upbeat, saying Collingwood are a changed club.

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"It's unheard of - we come up with a new one every week, don't we," McGuire said of Treloar's unusual double hamstring injury.

"(But) there is a feeling at our club of optimism at the moment and genuine lightness in our step, where it might have been heavy in the past.

"A day like today would have been a dagger through the heart ... you know what? We're going to reload and we're going to go again."

Treloar hurt two of his hamstrings when he was pushed from behind while sprinting along the MCG wing during Sunday's win over Carlton.

It's extremely rare for someone to hurt two hamstrings in the same incident.

The Magpies initially hoped it was only cramp, but scans on Monday told a different story.

McGuire was asked on Fox Footy's AFL360 if the injury could end the season for the Brownlow Medal fancy.

"You're always fearful, but I'm also hopeful that he hasn't. I'm hopeful it's a six to eight (week recovery) or maybe an eight to 10 at worst," he added.

"That would be the best result.

"Obviously if he needs to have major surgery, then it's season over."


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