Geelong expects both Gary Rohan and Jack Bowes to be available this weekend against the Bulldogs while Patrick Dangerfield is ‘really close’ according to Cats GM of Football, Simon Lloyd.
Both Rohan and Bowes haven’t been seen since the Round 7 clash with the Bombers but according to Lloyd will be well in the mix this weekend, while Dangerfield also remains a possibility.
"Both Gary Rohan and Jack Bowes are in full training, and we expect them to be available for selection this week," Lloyd said.
“And Patty continues to tick all the boxes he needs to with our medical and conditioning team.
“He is running the high-speed metres that are required and hitting those speeds and it'll be a discussion that will be had between the medical and conditioning team, Pat, and our coaching group later this week.
“He’s getting really close to being available.”
In further positive news, Cats young gun Max Holmes is now running just a week after surgery.
“Only a week ago Max had an operation to repair the meniscus in his knee and Max, obviously a really important player to us with his high speed and his ability to break the lines, ran today and we'd expect him to be full training next week.
“He'll move pretty quickly now.”
Lloyd also provided updates on Esava Ratugolea and Cam Guthrie.
“Esava obviously had a great first half and unfortunately suffered a minor hamstring strain in a marking contest," Lloyd
“It's really disappointing for Esava, he's put together a great body of work and playing some great football and we expect him to start to run over the coming week or so and he'll progress pretty quickly through his rehabilitation.”
“Chris (Scott) did cover it quite extensively around Cam's toe injury and he's been managed symptomatically at the moment and he's commenced running on the Alter-G which is positive, but again, we'll manage Cam through this with the focus on his short and long term improvements and we'll be guided by our medical team in that space."
Finally, Lloyd said the Cats’ medical team are happy with Mitch Duncan’s progress from a hamstring injury.
“Mitch is running and kicking as we speak, so he's progressing well," he said.
“We would expect Mitch, his loads are going up week on week, and our medical team are really happy with his progress.”