June 23, 2024

Collingwood has given a new timeline for Jamie Elliott’s return to the field amid concerns he might have played his last game. The AFL premiership player has been sidelined since Round 8 due to a vascular issue in his foot. Initially, the Magpies estimated a two to four-week recovery period.

However, the club later revised this timeline, casting significant doubt on his return. On Sunday night, leading reporter Tom Morris disclosed on Channel 9’s ‘Footy Furnace’ that those close to Elliott were “doubtful” about his ability to play again, suggesting he might have to retire.

Morris provided further details on SEN radio on Monday morning, expressing uncertainty about Jamie Elliott’s return from the vascular issue. He mentioned that it could potentially be career-threatening, with no clear timeline for his comeback.

According to Morris, Collingwood initially indicated a 2-4 week recovery period, but it’s now labeled as “to be confirmed” (TBC). He highlighted two key aspects: firstly, when Elliott will be physically fit to play, and secondly, whether he possesses the determination to make a comeback and continue playing.

Collingwood has provided a recent update on Jamie Elliott’s injury. Despite initial concerns, the club has moved to reassure fans about the 31-year-old’s future. The issue, which affected blood supply to his foot, is reportedly nearing resolution. Collingwood announced on Tuesday afternoon that they are optimistic Elliott will return in 6-8 weeks.

Jarrod Wade, Collingwood’s fitness boss, stated, “Some of the follow-up testing for the vascular issue has shown us that the problem has either resolved or is close to being 95% resolved.” He further added, “Given his extended time off and inability to run for the past five or six weeks, he will now require a period of focused training.”

Nathan Buckley shed light on Jamie Elliott’s injury issue during his appearance on SEN radio on Monday. Buckley revealed that Elliott was experiencing insufficient blood supply to his foot during games, resulting in his foot turning black.

“The only thing I know about his injury is that he was coming off for a couple of weeks midway through a second quarter and couldn’t feel his foot,” Buckley stated. “He’d take his boot off and it (his foot) was black. That’s a concern, you know something’s not right. They were able to find the vascular issue, which is basically blood flow into and out of his foot.”

Despite facing numerous injuries throughout his 187-game career, Elliott played a career-high 24 games last season and contributed to Collingwood’s premiership win. Buckley acknowledged Elliott’s resilience, stating, “He has had long-term injuries at different stages of his career and he’s withstood a great deal, he’s gone through that and become a premiership player. He missed seasons on end at times at different stages.”

Reflecting on Elliott’s journey and premiership win in 2023, Buckley emphasized the significance of the triumph amidst personal challenges. Elliott celebrated the victory with his family, paying tribute to his late father. In a social media post, he expressed gratitude for the support throughout his ups and downs.

Elliott’s sister Caitlin also shared her joy and pride, acknowledging his resilience and wishing their father could witness his achievements.

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