Geelong could yet have veteran midfielder Patrick Dangerfield in the side when they face Gold Coast after positive news from scans on Monday.
Dangerfield was a late omission before the Cats’ win against St Kilda on Saturday night with calf tightness, but scans returned an all-clear diagnosis to pave the way for his return to the side.
He’s struggled with calf injuries throughout the campaign, but he insisted he wasn’t suffering from the same complaint.
“It was just a tightness in the same spot that I just didn’t want to take the risk with,” he told the Nine Network.
“Sometimes the tightness moves around a bit, that will give a really good indication of where that’s at and then from there, we’ll make a good decision.”
Geelong will be overwhelming favourites to continue their march to the AFL minor premiership when they play the Suns on Saturday.
The outlook is not as positive for Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy, who will miss the rest of the AFL season after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left ankle.
Grundy made his return from a knee injury in the VFL last month, but scans have revealed he now needs surgery on his ankle.
It continues a disappointing year for the 28-year-old, who hasn’t featured for the Magpies since round six and is the subject of trade speculation.
“Brodie took part in the club’s VFL game against the Southport Sharks just over a week ago and he pulled up sore from that match,” Collingwood general manager of football Graham Wright said in a statement.
“He then participated in a training session early last week and was still experiencing soreness, so he was sent for scans which revealed a stress fracture in his left ankle.
“The nature of the ankle injury is not long-term so Brodie will make a full recovery.
“But after consulting with multiple specialists to assess all options available, it was determined arthroscopic surgery would be the best course of action.”
Collingwood expect Grundy to be fully fit for the club’s pre-season campaign.
And St Kilda’s Dan Hannebery might be fit to face Brisbane on Friday night despite leaving the Geelong game early with an ankle injury.
It has since been diagnosed as only minor ligament damage, meaning he’ll train this week to determine his availability.
They won’t have Jack Billings though, as he continues to recover from a back injury.