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Cats confident on Bews

Geelong defender Jed Bews. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG expects lockdown defender Jed Bews to be right for a potential match-up with Charlie Cameron in Thursday night’s crucial clash with Brisbane at the SCG.

Bews suffered an ankle sprain early in the win over Gold Coast but played out the match.

“It was a pretty innocuous incident in the middle of GMHBA Stadium, and he came off straight away,” Cats football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“The medical team re-strapped his ankle, and he was able to play out the game.

“He pulled up a little bit sore, but he should be fine.”

Geelong coach Chris Scott flagged changes to the team that beat the Suns due to the five-day turnaround, with one of those likely to be the return of  Tom Atkins from injury.

The pressure forward was missing with what the club labelled a chest injury suffered against Melbourne on June 28.

“We know Tom is a real hard nut. If he’s saying he’s sore, he’s really sore,” Lloyd said

“We’ll have our main session tomorrow and see how he’s feeling and how he’s moving around.”

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Ruck Rhys Stanley has resumed running as recovers from a knee sprain suffered against Carlton in Round 3, while Tom Stewart could be back running this week, less than a fortnight after suffering a broken collarbone against Melbourne.

“Tom is feeling good,” Lloyd said.

“On the plane last (Sunday) night, he was sure to show myself and Chris Scott that he’s got good mobility.

“He’s progressing well.”

Lloyd said flexibility would be required during Geelong’s stint in the hub, which will be at least 32 days.

“The fact of the matter is, with some of the shorter turnarounds now clubs need to be quite flexible in the way in which we’re playing all of our players,” he said.

“You might find some managed each week with the shorter turnarounds. We’re at Round 5, but we’ve only returned for four games, and we’re having a lot shorter turnarounds.

“We just need to be smart with the way we manage our playing group.”

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