AFL 2024; Scott Pendlebury tears bicep, could miss a month

A minor problem has turned into a big one for Collingwood and star Scott Pendlebury, who is expected to miss next month with a partially torn biceps tendon.

The Magpies confirmed the shock news on Friday after the former captain was ruled out of his side’s clash with the Western Bulldogs on Friday night after failing to train this week.

Pendlebury, 36, was injured in last week’s draw with Fremantle and it is not only a blow to the club’s premiership defense but also threatens his chances of breaking Brent Harvey’s AFL games record of 432 games.

“Scott was cleared to practice on Wednesday and although he made it through the majority of practice, he was during the final scrimmage drill where he tested and felt the pain return in his bicep. Further assessment, including an MRI, revealed a partially torn biceps tendon,” Pies fitness manager Jarrod Wade said.

“It’s a slight setback for Scott, who will be rehabilitating his bicep over the next few weeks, and we expect him to be back to full fitness after our bye in Round 15.

“Scott is the ultimate professional and the good news for him is that he will be able to maintain his overall fitness and stay on a running program during his recovery.”

Pendlebury would need to play beyond 2025 to break Harvey’s record. It is understood he wants to play again in 2025 as he needs just six games to reach the 400 game mark.

He became the 165th player on Collingwood’s injury list, which includes Jordan De Goey, who is out for a month with an abdominal tear, ruckman Mason Cox, who has a medial ligament injury, forward Jamie Elliott, who is battling vascular problems in his leg, and Brody Mihoceka. out for 2-4 weeks with a hamstring strain.

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