GEELONG vice-captain Patrick Dangerfield is likely to be sidelined in the coming weeks as he completes a mid-season conditioning block.
The Cats are managing their dynamic star conservatively after he was subbed out of the weekend's clash against the Power with a calf complaint.
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"It is likely that a couple of weeks of training now would better serve Pat and provide the conditioning base required for the remainder of the season," head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor said.
"Our medical and performance team are continuing to monitor Pat’s status."
Rhys Stanley and Quinton Narkle were late withdrawals against the Power with both players unable to overcome ankle injuries in time for the match.
Both will be tests for Saturday's clash with the Crows.
"Rhys and Quinton were given every opportunity to play against Port Adelaide but unfortunately didn’t tick off the relevant medical and conditioning tests prior to the game," Taylor said.
"They will continue with their reconditioning programs and will be assessed later in the week."
Sam Menegola (knee) and Jack Henry (foot) continue to make positive strides as they close in on a return to play.
"Sam Menegola is showing significant improvements, but we’ll be looking for Sam to complete full training before being available for selection which will come in the not-too-distant future," Taylor says.
"Jack has increased his change of direction loads and increased his running.
"He'll be ramping up his football over the coming weeks and is showing really good progress."
First-year Cat Flynn Kroeger picked up an unfortunate injury in his first outing of the year for Geelong's VFL side.
"Flynn unfortunately has a small fracture in his wrist that will be treated conservatively and we hope to see Flynn back out there in the medium term," Taylor says.
"Flynn will still be able to work on his football fitness whilst his wrist recovers."
Esava Ratugolea and Max Holmes are both working their way back from ankle surgery.
"Both Max and Esava are progressing well from their respective ankle injuries, with both building their running loads over the coming weeks," Taylor says.
"We hope to see both Max and Esava back in football specific drills in the coming weeks."
Shaun Higgins was unable to prove his fitness for the weekend's action after missing the last two matches with general soreness.
Jonathon Ceglar is closing in on reintegration to the football program after foot surgery.
First-year Cats Cooper Whyte (groin) and James Willis (knee) remain sidelined, as do Sam Simpson (concussion), Paul Tsapatolis (ankle) and Nick Stevens (foot).