UP to six Cats could return to football this weekend as Geelong's injury list takes a step in the right direction despite losing spearhead Jeremy Cameron to a hamstring strain.
Sam Simpson could be back on the park after straining his hamstring in Round 8 against Richmond and then tweaking his quad during training.
"Sammy Simpson has built a body of work, he’s completing full sessions and is likely available this week," GM of Football Simon Lloyd says.
All three omissions from last week's side will raise their hands to reclaim their places in the side at this week's selection table.
"The three players who didn’t play last week in Shaun Higgins, Esava Ratugolea and Mark O’Connor – they’ll all be available for selection this week," Lloyd says.
Speedster Jordan Clark has made quick work of his shoulder rehab.
"Jordan suffered an AC joint injury in the VFL game against the Brisbane Lions where he was playing a really solid game as an inside mid and winger," Lloyd says.
"He’s completed all his return to contact and has had a positive rehab and training block so hopefully he’ll return this weekend."
Rhys Stanley should have no issues after heading to the rooms during Friday's win over the Bombers.
"Rhys came off during the game after a contact injury and was able to return to play. He finished out the game strongly in the ruck," Lloyd says.
"We were really pleased he was able to get through and he appears to have pulled up well.
"We’d expect him to be available to play this week."
Uncapped duo Cameron Taheny and Nathan Kreuger should both also play this week.
"Cam Taheny returned last week, playing in the VFL against the Bombers," Lloyd says.
"We were pleased with his run, he spent a lot of time on the wing and ran really well in his return. He got through unscathed so that was positive.
"Nathan Kreuger injured his ankle when doing extras in training last week. He’ll be a test on Thursday this week, so he’ll go close to playing."