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Ben Reid’s unlucky run with injury has continued, with Collingwood confirming a calf injury will keep him out of training for at least a month.
Reid only managed to appear in four matches this season due to a series of soft-tissue injuries that kept the swingman out until round 18.
Magpies chief executive Gary Pert said he hoped Reid would regain full fitness before the start of the 2015 season, but teammate Scott Pendlebury said it was disappointing for everyone at the club.
“I spoke to him (Reid) yesterday after it happened and, like all of us, he’s searching for answers and wondering why,” Pendlebury said.
“The club will look at the best possible treatment for Reidy and hopefully we’ll see him up and going after the Christmas break.
“Hopefully it’s only four to six weeks and we see him back out there because for us to be a good side this year, he is a big part of that.”
Magpies director of football Neil Balme said that Reid strained his calf – rather than tore it.
At this point, we think it is a three-to-four week type of thing,” Balme said.
“It’s a tweak, or strain, rather than a tear of the calf but it’s disappointing, particularly given his run (of injuries) this year.”