Geelong are sweating on the health of star duo Mitch Duncan and Tom Hawkins forward of one other AFL blockbuster towards fellow flag contenders Brisbane.
Duncan (knee) and Hawkins (neck) have been each injured throughout Friday evening’s thrilling five-point win over the Western Bulldogs.
They’ve little time to show their health, with the Cats going through a brief six-day break earlier than taking over the Lions on the Gabba.
Skilled midfielder Duncan fell awkwardly in a marking contest towards the Bulldogs and was changed by medical substitute Shaun Higgins within the opening 10 minutes.
“He is received a knee harm that saved him out of the sport (however) it is all the time too early,” Geelong coach Chris Scott stated post-match.
“I may make one thing up however I’d simply be guessing and I feel the medical employees are a bit the identical as effectively.
“I do not suppose there’s any purpose at this stage to suppose that it is a actually extreme harm, only one that meant he could not play on.”
Geelong spearhead Hawkins harm his neck over the past time period and spent an prolonged interval on the bench when the sport was on the road.
Fortuitously for the Cats, fellow forwards Jeremy Cameron and Gary Rohan stepped up with essential final-quarter objectives – the latter after the siren – to assist drag their facet over the road.
“I spoke to (Hawkins) actually briefly post-game and he might need simply pinched a nerve in his neck,” Scott stated.
“He stated it was sore however (there may be) nothing structural to fret about so far as we all know.
“It actually restricted him however I feel we’re fairly hopeful that he is okay.”
Scott stated Lachie Henderson will possible return towards Brisbane after the tall defender was a late withdrawal from the Bulldogs conflict due to a hip harm.
Geelong imagine they’ll have the ability to journey to Queensland and keep in a single day, reasonably than conducting a fly-in, fly-out mission like they did for the Port Adelaide match in spherical 13.
“Given the truth that we’re in a regional space that hasn’t had a COVID case for nearly a yr, so long as individuals do not go to Melbourne, we’re okay to fly into Queensland as everybody from regional Victoria is,” Scott stated.
“(We’ll be beneath) AFL protocols, clearly, however we will spend a few days up there as Queenslanders.”