Geelong’s Selwood ‘Looks Good’ After Cork

Geelong’s Selwood ‘Looks Good’ After Cork

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood looks likely to be on deck this weekend for Cats’ AFL clash against North Melbourne.

The veteran suffered a corked quad at the start of the first quarter of his squad’s impressive win over reigning Prime Minister Richmond last weekend and failed to finish.

‘We think so. We’re not exactly sure, but the signs look good,” Geelong coach Chris Scott said when asked if Selwood would play in Hobart on Saturday.

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood (left) looks likely to be on deck this weekend for Cats’ AFL clash against North Melbourne

“He stumbled around a bit the days after the game. It’s a wait-and-see attitude. He’s not bad enough for us to rule him out.

“Besides the cork, his body is really good. It comes down to the cork and whether he is right to play and assess the risk.’

Scott said he had some selection headaches towards the pointed end of the season, describing his squad as being in “fairly good shape” overall.

The versatility of ruck-forward Esava Ratugolea, who scored four goals in his career last round, will likely serve him well at the roster when key striker Jeremy Cameron returns from a hamstring injury.

“We’re clearly working on the composition of our team, it’s not just the tall players,” said Scott.

“There are a lot of guys that we think are playing well enough to perform on the AFL podium. (Esava) has at least a few more weeks to keep playing well and make that headache even stronger.’

Scott said Grand Finals team member Sam Simpson was working on a return to the AFL after suffering a hamstring injury in May.

“We have been careful and slow in his return to the game. He now has pretty good race conditions to his name and will come in the box.”

The second-placed Cats will fly to Tasmania on match day against the last-seeded Kangaroos, whose solid recent form has seen three wins from their past five matches.

“We see it as a real challenge, we respect the way they’re handling it,” said Scott.

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