Geelong could welcome back a number of key players this weekend against Richmond, headlined by Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield.
Dangerfield was cleared to play against the Eagles on the weekend after recovering from a calf injury but the club elected to put him through an extra week of training rather than make the trip to Perth.
Geelong Head of Medical and Conditioning Harry Taylor told geelongcats.com.au that barring any setbacks, Dangerfield is likely to suit up against the Tigers.
“Patrick is continuing his reconditioning program,” Taylor said.
“He has completed a number of high intensity sessions and will look to be available for this weekend.”
Max Holmes and Jack Henry were two of a number of players who returned via the VFL on Saturday; big man Esava Ratugolea and youngster Nick Stevens also made appearances.
All four players were on restricted minutes but have come through unscathed according to Taylor.
“Max, Jack, Esava and Nick all played VFL on the weekend and have pulled up well after playing managed minutes v Werribee.”
Gary Rohan has been cleared to play after exiting Health and Safety Protocols, while Shaun Higgins could return for his first run since Round 7.
“Shaun has completed a solid reconditioning program and will look to be available for this weekend,” Taylor said.
Brandan Parfitt, who suffered a broken hand against the Western Bulldogs pre-bye, has begun to up his running loads in recent days.
“Brandan is progressing through his reconditioning program, with an increased running volume focus, whilst his hand remains in a splint for the short term.”