GEELONG will once again have a tough week at the selection table with dashing Cat Zach Tuohy given the green light after clearing health and safety protocols.
Tuohy missed his first match of the season against the Bulldogs with his remarkable durability on show in 2022 as the veteran Cat closes in on 250 games.
“Zach will exit Health and Safety protocols this week and will be available for selection,” head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor says.
Sam Menegola will also be pressing his case after missing consecutive matches.
“Sam was cleared to play from an AFL Concussion Protocol perspective, however due to some knee soreness Sam was unable to get up for the game,” Taylor says.
“Sam will be a test later this week to determine his availability.”
The Cats will be without a pair of forwards, with both Gary Rohan and Shannon Neale suffering head knocks across the weekend’s action.
“Gary and Shannon will enter the AFL concussion protocols and will be unavailable for this week,” Taylor says.
Sidelined ruck Rhys Stanley is making steady progress after some minor cartilage damage to his knee.
“Rhys is progressing well in his reconditioning program, with the view to increase his group training integration later this week,” Taylor says.
First-year draftee Flynn Kroeger’s surgery was a success last week after the club opted to fix a lingering issue that had troubled his first season at the club.
“Flynn had knee surgery on Tuesday last week to resolve a persistent knee injury,” Taylor says.
“Flynn’s surgery went well, and he will now complete a graduated reconditioning program to allow him to undertake a solid pre-season training period.”
Fellow draftee Cooper Whyte (groin) and veteran Shaun Higgins (knee) remain on the sidelines.