Darcy Moore will spearhead Collingwood's plans for Sydney's Lance Franklin, with Magpies coach Nathan Buckley backing his team's aerial cover against the in-form Swans on Saturday.
The AFL teams will meet in an early clash at the SCG as a curtain-raiser for their VFL teams, with Buckley saying they will use the quirk in the draw to present as galvanised front.
Moore was a stand-out in the Magpies' 24-point win over North Melbourne last round and if they are to book successive wins for the first time this season Collingwood will need another strong showing with Jordan Roughead out following a head knock.
Buckley revealed that Roughead passed the initial test and had no ongoing symptoms but the club decided to take a cautious approach given his concussion history.
Buckley ruled out recalling father-son defender Will Kelly, saying the youngster needed to produce a "block of form" in the VFL.
"We will definitely miss Roughy, he has been a really strong key defender for us so might be a bit smaller than in previous weeks," Buckley said on Thursday
"We believe we will have enough aerial cover to get the ball to ground and then that will be one part of how we plan to defend Sydney."
With Franklin kept scoreless for just the fifth time in more than 300 games in his return from a two-week injury, Buckley said his team couldn't afford to be too "Buddy-centric".
"We will have a look at the match-ups but Sydney have been such a dangerous side offensively and they scored very heavily early in the year," he said.
"We won't be Buddy-centric, there are a lot of other avenues they have to score we need to be conscious of but Darcy is going to find himself in Buddy's area from time to time.
"(Hayden) McLean has been clunking them, if (Isaac) Heeney comes back into the side that goes into the mix and (Tom) Papley has been a dangerous player - their front six is going to ask some questions."
Less than 10 points has separated their past four matches with Collingwood winning three, however the Swans are sitting sixth and the Magpies a disappointing 16th.
While Levi Greenwood trained on Thursday, Buckley said he was still battling concussion symptoms and there was no set date for his return.
Fellow midfielder Brayden Sier limped off training and will be sent for scans.
Buckley said that high-flyer Jeremy Howe, who underwent hamstring surgery this week, had been struggling with the injury all season which had limited his ability to mark.