Scans have unfortunately revealed Geelong Premiership defender Jack Henry has suffered a lisfranc ligament injury (middle region of the foot), after his foot was stood on during the first half of last Saturday night’s match against Port Adelaide.
The injury is different to the one Henry sustained in the pre-season and is to the opposite foot.
Geelong General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd said the Club was disappointed for Henry.
“We were surprised to see the results of the scans as the incident occurred innocuously during the game. Our medical team will now work through the options available to provide the optimal outcome for Jack and determine how long he will be sidelined for.
“We are all disappointed for Jack, he is a very important player for us, not just with his flexibility to play a number of roles, but because of his calm head and stability he provides down back.
“We know Jack’s work ethic and the attitude he has towards his training and football and know he will attack his rehab in the same manner.”
In other news, Mark Blicavs and Tom Hawkins are advancing in their respective programs following hamstring injuries.
“Mark Blicavs ran today and, as Mark can do, ran very well. So he’ll be part of the reconditioning program, and that will be his focus at the moment,” Lloyd said.
“Tom Hawkins is running well, his strength has improved. He’s hitting all the markers that he needs to hit, and he’ll complete main training on Wednesday.”
Gary Rohan is also expected to be available for Friday night’s clash with Collingwood as he continues to manage an irritated ankle.
“Gary Rohan’s ankle is better than what it was this time last week. He has had an ankle irritation for a small period of time, and we’ll need to adjust his program, but we expect him to be available to play,” Lloyd said.
The news is promising for Cameron Guthrie, who is drawing ever nearer a return from surgery on his toe, while young Cat Flynn Kroeger is expected to play his first game for the season in the VFL on Saturday.
“Cam will partake this week in main training, which is exciting for Cam, and he’s getting very close,” Lloyd said.
“Now it’s time for the coaches and the medical team to sit down together and work out the return-to-play date, which is very close.
“(It’s also) great news about Flynn, playing his first game for the season, and it’s a real credit to his resilience and his professionalism.
“Everyone is really excited to get down there on Saturday and watch Flynn play in the VFL, and stay a bit longer and watch the AFLW play after that.”
It’s a big weekend of footy for the Cats, with the AFL team set to take on Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night, before a VFL, AFLW double-header at Victoria Park on Saturday. The VFL sides are set to face off from 11.35am, before a match simulation between the AFLW sides from 3pm.