Forgotten top-10 pick could finally make Pie debut

FORGOTTEN top-10 draftee Darcy Guttridge might finally make her AFLW debut after an eye-catching performance in a VFLW practice match on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Magpie has had a torrid time since being the No.9 pick in the 2017 draft, with her rookie campaign wiped out when she sustained a broken collarbone in a pre-season game.

Guttridge returned to play for Casey in the last VFLW season, but missed selection for Collingwood's round one AFLW clash with Geelong this year.

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A minor quad problem sidelined the teenager a week later and effectively ruled her out in round three as well.

The Pies made five changes for their weekend match against Greater Western Sydney, but Guttridge wasn't even an emergency until Sarah D'Arcy (hamstring) was a late out on Friday night. 

Guttridge instead played for Collingwood's VFLW side against Richmond at Punt Road on Saturday.

The Magpies suffered their fourth straight defeat of the AFLW season the following day to the previously winless Giants. 

Guttridge and 2018 Rising Star winner Chloe Molloy (Lisfranc injury in her right foot) are the only Collingwood players not to make an appearance this year. 

D'Arcy may miss another couple of matches, while Ash Brazill (concussion) and Brittany Bonnici (hand) will have to pass fitness tests to face Carlton on Saturday night.

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