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Collingwood midfielder Josh Thomas has suffered tendon damage in a finger while fighting off a mugger during his off-season break.
Thomas is unlikely to feature in any ball work before Christmas while the wound heals, though the Magpies say it won’t have a dramatic effect on his pre-season.
The Magpies say he suffered the injury whilst defending himself from the attacker whilst holidaying in Los Angeles last month.
His hand was cut in the incident and he required stitches.
Thomas underwent more treatment in Australia after the wound became infected, and it was then the tendon injury was spotted.
The 23-year-old will return to training on November 17, but will be on a restricted program.
Thomas has played a total of 32 games for the club since being drafted at pick 75 in the 2009 national draft.