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Buckley says Cloke talk is folly

  • Buckley says Cloke talk is folly

    SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - MARCH 26: Dejected Travis Cloke of the Magpies looks on during the round one AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Collingwood Magpies at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 26, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Anthony Pearse/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Out-of-favour forward Travis Cloke looks to be in line for an AFL recall after Collingwood were plunged into an injury crisis.

The Magpies finished Sunday's 21-point loss to the Western Bulldogs with no fit players on the bench - a first for Nathan Buckley in a playing and coaching career spanning 20 years.

The toll included defender Alan Toovey (concussion), midfielder Taylor Adams (hamstring) and important attacking duo Alex Fasolo (shoulder) and Darcy Moore (collarbone).

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The Magpies slipped to a 4-6 win-loss record after the 11.8 (74) to 7.11 (53) loss and will need to regroup ahead of another MCG clash against Port Adelaide at Sunday.

The 29-year-old Cloke, a two-time All-Australian and veteran of 237 AFL games, has not been sighted at senior level since round four.

Buckley said the fallout from Sunday's match would necessitate a change of approach on the training track this week.

"You always adjust in training from the evidence the game is telling you - whether it's strategic or tactical or whether it's management or load," he said.

"We will tailor our training for our next opponent and for our own physical status."

Buckley said he did not make a issue of the crippling injury toll to his players at three-quarter time on Sunday, when the Magpies were clinging to a three-point lead.

"We didn't talk about who wasn't there," he said.

"We weren't sure on (Fasolo) at the time, we had one rotation but in the end that toll told on us ultimately.

"But there were plenty of areas where we were in control of early on, where we needed to gap the opposition in some shape or form and we weren't able to do it."

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