“His studs sort of raked across his shin and actually split his shin six or eight inches completely open. The kid could have had metals studs in as well, so that was his bad luck, to tackle the only kid that had that,’’ Buckley said.
“I haven’t heard of that happening in all my time in footy. Studs pierce the skin periodically … but you would never see what happened to Isaac in that last quarter ever.’’
Swans coach John Longmire said he was not sure what sort of boots Wicks was wearing.
Buckley also said the compressed 2020 fixture possibly had a role to play in the hamstring injury to superstar midfielder Adam Treloar in the hard-fought victory.
After playing Fremantle in Perth on Sunday, the Pies backed up in Brisbane last night when Treloar – who has a history of hamstring injuries – left the field in the third quarter.
Collingwood were down to one fit player on the interchange bench when Josh Daicos produced the magical match-winner.
Treloar is likely to miss three weeks with what the Collingwood senior coach described as a “minor” hamstring issue with the hectic travel schedule potentially contributing to the injury.
“Ads (Treloar) at this stage is a minor hammy. You’d be looking at three weeks for that… that could be 12 games, who knows with the compressed fixture. He’ll miss some footy,’’ Buckley said.
“Whatever I answer (on the schedule’s impact on Treloar’s injury), even if I say ‘a little’ well then it has a contribution, doesn’t it? I think everything goes into the mix.
“We planned to really aggressively rotate our players. Ads was one we would have looked after next week and we really do want to share the load. We’ve played off four-day breaks before but not multiple times.
“I’ve got no doubt that you will see situations like this, and we know that there’s extra demands on players and on clubs. It’s the situation you are going to find yourself in.’’
Buckley is confident that Collingwood have the depth to cover the bulging casualty ward and have a “squad” mentality for 2020. He said they were “up for anything” and were prepared to do “whatever it takes” to cope with the unprecedented demands of the season.
The Pies slaughtered the footy for most of the night going inside 50 and only sealed the contest when Daicos showed the mercurial bloodlines are strong in his family with a brilliant match-winner from the boundary line in the dying minutes.
“I felt pretty good about it (Daicos goal). We struggled to find the middle of the big sticks for most of the night after dominating in general play…that was a bit of individual brilliance that helped give us a little bit of wriggle room,’’ Buckley said.
“The negatives of it, the lack of finish…they are cream on the cake. The cake was really positive, the way that we set the ground up, our willingness inside, the pressure on them and our ability to win the ball was really strong.
“I thought we defended the ground really well for the most part and we actually used it OK through the midfield. It’s just that last kick. We were largely able to impose ourselves on the game and control the game for pretty much all of it.
“We could have lost it in the end, but we do need to finish and that will come.’’
Meanwhile Longmire said his side could have pinched the win despite the Pies enjoying so much possession.
“I thought we were a chance of getting it. We had an opportunity there. We got to within two points and I thought we had a bit of momentum in that last bit,’’ he said.