GRYAN Miers will miss Geelong’s premiership rematch with the Tigers after fracturing his fibula in the weekend's loss to Sydney.
Miers limped from the ground after a collision with Swan Sam Wicks halfway through the second term and was replaced by injury sub Zach Guthrie at the main change.
“Gryan has a small hairline fracture of his fibula,” GM of Football Simon Lloyd says.
“It’s currently looking stable and able to take some load. He’s in a CAM boot and will complete an active rehab pathway.
“Gryan will spend a short period on the sidelines.”
Shaun Higgins could put his hand up as a possible replacement for Miers, with the 240-game veteran close to getting the green light from Geelong medical staff.
“Shaun is likely to return to football this week,” Lloyd says.
“He was close to playing last week so he’s more than likely to return this week.”
Higgins has played three games in Cats colours after injuring his thumb and hamstring in Geelong’s Round 3 win over the Hawks.
Reliable defender Jake Kolodjashnij will be monitored throughout the week as he recovers from a low-grade MCL injury.
“Jake is moving freely and progressing through his rehabilitation,” Lloyd says.
“We’ll monitor his running in main training this week.”
Dynamic Cat Patrick Dangerfield is recovering well from ankle surgery after suffering a syndesmosis injury in his return from suspension against North Melbourne.
“Patrick has considerable range of motion,” Lloyd says.
“His ankle is stable and he’s commenced rehabilitation. He’ll move as quickly as his KPIs allow.”
Francis Evans continues to progress as he recovers from his own syndesmosis injury, while Cooper Stephens is also dealing with his own ankle complaint.
Irish Cat Mark O’Connor is working his way back from a hamstring injury after Chris Scott ruled him out for ‘a period of weeks’ in last week’s pre-game press conference.
Nathan Kreuger is dealing with a minor knee issue.