PATRICK Dangerfield remains a chance to play in Geelong’s round one clash despite suffering a low-grade hamstring injury in the club’s final pre-season hit-out against Essendon in Colac last Sunday.
The Cats confirmed on Wednesday morning that the 2016 Brownlow medallist was still in the frame to face Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday March 25.
Team mate Rhys Stanley also remains in the mix to line up against the Demons after scans revealed he had sustained a low-grade tear.
“This is positive news for Patrick and Rhys, and they bot have their sights firmly set on round one,” said Geelong football manager Simon Lloyd.
“Both Patrick and Rhys will undertake individualised programs over the next 10 days with our medical and fitness staff as they work towards full fitness for the beginning of the season.”
Dangerfield pulled up short after kicking the ball into the forward line in the first quarter of the Cats’ JLT Community Series clash match and immediately left the field.
However, he appeared to be moving freely in the rooms after the game.
Stanley also sustained his injury in the early stages of the opening term but, as was the case with Dangerfield, he wasn’t limping as he left the ground.
Dangerfield’s prognosis keeps alive his chances of joining captain Joel Selwood and returning champion Gary Ablett in Geelong’s dream starting midfield against Melbourne.
“Obviously, I’d rather there be nothing there at all,” Dangerfield told reporters on Wednesday.
“In terms of the significance of it, it’s only a minor one – which we believe it is – so anything can happen.”
“It depends on how it feels. I’m not going to push it. It’s round one, so we’ve got to be realistic from that perspective.”
“But there’s still plenty of water to go under the bridge.”
“If there’s no reason why not to play, you play, if it’s not right, you don’t play.”
“A pragmatic approach is the one that we will take.”