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Clark comeback hits a hurdle

Jordan Clark lay a tackle in Geelong’s VFL elimination final loss to Port Melbourne. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

YOUNG gun Jordan Clark faces an uphill battle to prove his fitness for Geelong’s AFL qualifying final against Collingwood after failing to finish a VFL match on return from an elbow injury.

The 18-year-old hurt his troublesome left arm again when flying for a mark during the first quarter of the Cats’ 40-point loss to Port Melbourne in Saturday’s VFL elimination final at Adcon Stadium.

He was moved to an unfamiliar role deep in attack, but was clearly favouring the left arm and sat out the final quarter on the bench.

“He got a knock early … I don’t know how bad it is,” Cats VFL coach Shane O’Bree said.

“He wasn’t right to keep playing, so we didn’t play him (in the last quarter).”

Clark, a regular figure in Geelong’s backline throughout his debut season, had been sidelined since Round 20 after hurting the elbow in a marking contest at training.

He started his comeback match the bench with his left arm strapped and rotated between roles on the wing and half-back early.

But he had only two disposals in the first term and left the field favouring the sore elbow after flying for a mark moments before quarter-time.

He had it re-strapped at the break and returned in the second quarter but had little impact before half-time.

Clark started the third term deep in attack and kicked a goal when he got out the back of his opponent, cashing in when the Cats forced a forward-half turnover.

However, it was a rare bright moment on a day when he finished with only six disposals.

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