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Cats hopeful on Duncan

Geelong star Mitch Duncan. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG remains hopeful Mitch Duncan will overcome a hamstring injury in time for Thursday night’s blockbuster clash with fellow top-four contender Collingwood.

However, the news isn’t as a good for young gun Quinton Narkle, who is facing a stint on the sidelines with a hamstring injury of his own.

Cats football boss Simon Lloyd said Duncan has a mild strain of his hamstring, which was suffered when stretching for a mark early in the win over Brisbane at the SCG last Thursday.

“When he did suffer the injury early in the first quarter, he was able to do a lot of explosive-type running; he was moving pretty quickly,” Lloyd said.

“But he could slightly feel it on kicking the footy at quarter time.

“We still haven’t ruled him out this week. He’s been running today (Sunday), so we’ll see how he tracks in the coming days and make a decision closer to the game.”

Lloyd said there was no timeframe on Narkle’s return.

“Quinton’s injury was more significant, so he’ll get all the treatment that is required in the coming days,” he said.

“It will just be a matter of Quinton working through the process. We won’t take any risks with Quinton.

“Let’s just see until Quinton starts moving around and then we’ll be able to see how he improves.”

In a boost for the Geelong defence, Tom Stewart has stepped-up his training just a fortnight after having surgery on a fractured collarbone.

“He’s trained today and receive some contact on his shoulder, and he feels really positive,” Lloyd said.

“I think Tommy will return sooner rather than later.”

Lloyd said pressure forward Tom Atkins (ribs) had “turned the corner” in his recovery, while ruckman Rhys Stanley (knee) is closing in on a return to action.

“As of last week, he was doing change of direction and full running,” Lloyd said.

“He’s doing contact work and will progress into full training this week.”

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