Geelong captain Patrick Dangerfield could push for selection against Sydney this week, while key defender Esava Ratugolea is expected to be in the mix for the Cats' clash with the Swans on Friday.
Geelong Cats General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd said Dangerfield joined the main group for a full training session on Sunday as he works his way back from a rib and lung injury sustained against Port Adelaide in Round 14.
“Patty did the full session and he’s functioning well. Again, we need the final tick-off from our medical team, but I expect him to be very close to being available,” Lloyd said.
“Esava could’ve played last week – he was very close to playing – and (I) expect Esava to be available (for selection) this week.”
Cats spearhead Jeremy Cameron is working through concussion protocols following a heavy collision in the opening quarter of Thursday night’s game against Melbourne.
“Obviously it was a very big hit on Thursday night, and Jezza’s being managed – and managed really well – by our medical team,” Lloyd said.
“He’s now gone into the concussion protocols, and we’ll be guided by our medical team on his progress. He’ll be assessed throughout the week.”
Meanwhile, Jonathon Ceglar is progressing through his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.
“Obviously initially Jonathon had an adductor injury, and the adductor has improved (but) the ankle is sore. He’s done some Alt-G work, and he’ll commence on-field running (on Tuesday), so hopefully he improves over the coming week,” Lloyd said.
Sam Simpson is eyeing a return to running after undergoing surgery on a tendon injury in his hand.
“He had surgery last Thursday, and Sam is back in at the club and he will commence running fairly soon,” Lloyd said.
“It is unfortunate for Sam, but he’s put in a good period of football, and he’ll be back in no time.”
Veteran midfielder Cam Guthrie is nearly ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation following surgery on a toe injury.
“Cam is in really good spirits – he was in (Monday) morning doing weights. He’s out of the moonboot this Friday, which is great, so he’ll start weight-bearing on that foot, and before we know it, hopefully, he’ll be running."
The news was also good for a trio of Cats who made their return from injury through the VFL last weekend, with Sam Menegola, Shannon Neale and Oisin Mullin all pulling up well from the clash.
“Sam Menegola – it was great to see his return. He’s obviously had the knee issues, and he’s pulled up well – pulled up really well,” Lloyd said.
“(Menegola has) covered a lot of distance, as Sam does, and there were some really good passages of play at different times, so it will be great for him to back up again this week and improve over coming weeks.
“Great to see Shannon return after a long layoff with an ankle injury. Shannon took some big, contested marks, and he’s got so much to offer … and he’s really important to us going forward.
“It was great to see Shannon out there, and Oisin Mullin return from a slight quad injury. He ran something like 15km against the Bulldogs in his first (AFL) win for the club, so it’s great to have him back.
“He’s learning the game and progressing really, really well for someone who hasn’t played a lot of football.”