Chris Scott says the Cats have options to cover for injured ruckman Rhys Stanley over the coming weeks as the big man recovers from a knee injury sustained against Port Adelaide on Saturday.

The extent of the injury isn’t yet clear, Scott saying it’ll likely keep him out for the ‘medium term’, but with Jonathan Ceglar and Esava Ratugolea both available for selection, ruck duties are unlikely to fall exclusively on the shoulders of Mark Blicavs when Tim English and the Bulldogs come to town next weekend.

“Ceglar is back, he’s played a couple of games in the VFL, and the same for (Esava) Ratugolea,” he said after the game last night.

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“Shannon Neale came in and he’s a ruckman type as well so I think it’s those three guys that we’ll be thinking about over the next couple of weeks.

“I’m not sitting here saying we’ll be fine, we’ve got heaps of cover, but we do have options which is not always the case.”

Stanley had been dominant up until he was subbed out of the game, at one point having seven of Geelong’s sixteen clearances, and the game turned in Port’s favour once his night ended before the Cats wrestled back the ascendancy. 

The 204cm Ceglar, recruited from Hawthorn in last year’s trade period, has played two games in the VFL since returning from a serious leg injury sustained in April against Collingwood, averaging just under 20 disposasl, five marks and 28 hitouts per game.