GEELONG has received a boost ahead of its do-or-die semi-final clash with GWS, with fan favourite Zach Tuohy firming as a certain starter take on the Giants.
Tuohy looms as an obvious replacement for fellow Irish Cat Mark O’Connor, who injured his hamstring against the Power.
“Zach Tuohy has progressed through the various stages of his rehab program and has been in full training for a period of time,” GM of Football Simon Lloyd says.
“We expect Zach to be available for this week’s final.”
The Cats also hosed down any concern that star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield was in doubt for the weekend’s match.
“As reported, Patrick is currently managing a hand issue,” Lloyd says.
“He’s trained well today out at East Freo and is all set for Friday’s final.”
Mark O’Connor was the major casualty from the club’s qualifying final defeat.
“Mark O’Connor suffered a hamstring tear during the game against Port Adelaide,” Lloyd says.
“We’re taking a cautious approach and he’s begun his rehab program.”
Tom Stewart continues to complete his rehab with an eye on the grand final, should the Cats make it past the Giants and Demons.
Two uncapped Cats remained behind in Victoria as the Cats journeyed west, keen to get a head start on offseason surgeries.
“Oscar Brownless has had surgery this week back in Victoria to stabilise his shoulder,” Lloyd says.
“Knowing Oscar well, he’ll do all he can in his approach. He’s the ultimate professional so his attention to detail will be high through his recovery.
“Similarly, Paul Tsapatolis underwent finger surgery back in Victoria as well to stabilise his finger.”
Category B Rookie Stefan Okunbor has travelled home to Ireland to visit his parents for the first time in two years.