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Cats confident Danger injury isn't serious

Chris Scott post-match (R9) Watch Geelong's press conference after round nine's match against Western Bulldogs

GEELONG superstar Patrick Dangerfield may have limped from the field with a right ankle injury late in the Cats' win over the Western Bulldogs, but coach Chris Scott said the injury is "nothing dire".

Dangerfield had been battling a problem with his left knee in recent weeks and went straight down to the rooms for treatment following the last-quarter incident.

Scott opened the post-match media conference with an unprompted injury update on the Brownlow medallist.

"He has rolled that same ankle previously, I think it was a few weeks ago when he hurt his knee as well," Scott said.

"The feedback we've got is that it's a slightly more severe roll of that ankle, but nothing dire.

"For those who saw him hobbling round on crutches post-game, it's all part of the 'Danger' show, from what we can tell. He'll pull himself together. It seems if he'll miss, it'll be on the minor side."

Scott couldn’t confirm if it was a aggravation of the original injury.

"Same mechanism, same ankle, slightly worse … but we know he's got pretty good powers of recovery. But I think what they're pretty confident of is it's not serious," he said. 

"Although if it had happened in the second quarter, I don't think he would have gone back on."

Rhys Stanley was a late withdrawal with an adductor injury, but is not expected to spend much more time on the sidelines.

"It took us by surprise, really. He was seemingly good to go. Couldn't remember a specific incident, he just couldn't get up and going. That would indicate to us that it's a really minor injury and he should [just] miss a week," Scott said.

"Put it this way, if he had the same issue in the game today, we'd expect him to play this week."

Scott said despite the 44-point win, there was plenty to work on, including conceding scores from centre bounces.

"It was good from that perspective that we hung in when we were really challenged, but for two weeks in a row, the difference between the teams has been accuracy. And our accuracy has been really good," Scott said.

"In a lot of measures they outplayed us. I think it's timely for us to take a step back and take a look at the parts of our game that aren't working as we'd like them to.

"The scoreboard flattered us tonight. There were lots of positives around resilience and composure under pressure, but there were a fair few RFIs (room for improvement) in terms of what we'd like to achieve as a team."

Darcy Fort impressed in his debut with the 25-year-old draftee playing predominantly forward but also swinging into the ruck.

"He kicked his first goal in 25 minutes, Jade Kolodjashnij still can't get there after almost 100 games," Scott said with a grin.

"The boys will get some humour out of that. We thought he competed well, he got his hand to the ball in the ruck, was a genuine big target. With the conditions changing so much post-half time (dew impacted after the sun went down), it made it a little bit harder for him.

"He probably wasn't the threat he looked like being earlier in the game, but I thought he adapted his role pretty well. I can't remember him being outmarked."

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