GEELONG is set for a boost ahead of the final round of the Home and Away season with Gary Rohan and Tom Atkins likely to return.
Atkins has missed the last three matches while Rohan would return from just a one game absence with a glute injury.
“(Atkins and Rohan) we would expect to play,” Chris Scott says.
“Atkins has had some, what would in the old days be referred to as some back-related hamstring tightness.
“As it turns out I think there was a specific issue there with some tendon soreness that appears to be the cause of the slow progress, which has now resolved.
“There’s nothing that in the long term is going to be a serious problem so I’m told.”
Gryan Miers is an outside chance to put his hand up as a third inclusion against the Demons.
Miers suffered a recurrence of the fibula injury which kept him out for seven matches after Round 7 in Sydney.
“Gryan’s the third who’s probably in a little bit more doubt. We’ll learn a bit more from training today but he’s making really good progress,” Scott says.
“He’s in the frame this week or next week.”
Scott says the AFL decision to scrap this year’s pre-finals bye will make things more difficult for Mitch Duncan and Zach Tuohy.
The Cats head coach refused to rule Tuohy out of the first week of finals despite the decision.
“It’s always fluid with a hamstring. The last 30 to 40 per cent of the rehab is where most of the most progress is made,” Scott says.
“It’s trending the right way without having any certainty necessarily.”
Mitch Duncan also has the finish line of his PCL rehab in sight.
“With Mitch Duncan it was always going to be a case of seeing how he trains. He’s knocked off every milestone really well,” Scott says
“We were always of the view that he’d be a chance to play some finals footy and that prognosis hasn’t changed.”
Tom Stewart went under the knife on Monday after suffering a Lisfranc injury to his foot.
“Tom Stewart has come off his surgery by all accounts really well,” Scott says.
“The pre-finals bye wasn’t going to be a factor there, especially given that really his only hope of playing would be on Grand Final day and to the best of our knowledge that date hasn’t changed.”