INJURY-PRONE Geelong forward Cory Gregson has escaped any further damage to a navicular bone stress fracture that kept him out of action for 18 months.

Gregson sent a scare through the Geelong camp during last Sunday’s game against St Kilda at GMHBA Stadium, failing to return to the field after half-time with an injury on the left footy that had previously gone under the knife on three occasions.

GEELONG forward Cory Greson has escaped any further damage to a navicular bone stress fracture that kept him out of football for 18 months.

Scans on Monday revealed a mid-foot sprain with no links to his previous setbacks.

“Cory is in good spirits with a positive mindset, he will begin weight bearing on the foot over the coming days, which is a great outcome,” said Cats football manager Simon Lloyd.

Gregson had played every game since round one this season, his first match back since round 14 2016.

Meanwhile, Geelong’s defensive stocks have taken another hit, with Lachie Henderson undergoing his third bout of knee surgery.

“Lachie’s knee surgery went as expected, we believe this will allow him to return to football later this year,” Lloyd said.

“Lachie continues to remain focused on doing all he can to get back to football and will work closely with the club’s medical team on the next steps in his rehab.”

Geelong lost defensive stalwarts Tom Lonergan and Andrew Mackie to retirement last year, while key defender Harry Taylor is on the recovery trail from a plantar fascia injury sustained in the round one victory over Melbourne.

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