GEELONG could be set to regain key midfielder Brandan Parfitt after two weeks of false starts for the 24-year-old contested bull.
Parfitt has been missing since Round 12 after breaking his hand and was ready to return last week before a late scratching.
“Brandan will be monitored this week after exiting Health and Safety protocols, with availability to be determined later in the week,” head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor says.
Sam Menegola’s luckless run has continued with the hard-running midfielder subbed out of the Cats’ clash with Carlton.
Menegola’s head hit the ground in a first quarter tackle from Carlton’s Will Hayes, who was charged with rough conduct and subsequently offered a two-match suspension.
“Sam is currently in the AFL Concussion protocol after sustaining a head knock in the Round 18 game against Carlton,” Taylor says.
“Sam will be monitored closely, as he progresses through the protocol.”
Young ruckman Toby Conway is also working his way through the protocols after suffering a concussion in the VFL against the Casey Demons a week ago.
“Toby is progressing through the AFL Concussion protocol and will be a test later this week to determine his availability,” Taylor says.
Francis Evans will also be a test after injuring his knee during his five-goal VFL outburst against the Demons.
“Francis was unavailable for selection on the weekend because of a MCL injury sustained in the VFL game last round against Casey,” Taylor says.
“Francis will be a test later this week to determine his availability.”
First year Cats Cooper Whyte (groin) and Flynn Kroeger (glandular fever) remain unavailable for selection, while Shaun Higgins is a medium-term prospect after a knee clean-up.