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Clark still a finals chance

Geelong young gun Jordan Clark. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

AN elbow damage suffered by Geelong young gun Jordan Clark in Saturday’s VFL elimination final loss to Port Melbourne isn’t a recurrence of an injury sustained at training in early August.

Coach Chris Scott says the door remains open for the Rising Star nominee to return during the Cats’ AFL finals campaign, but it’s unlikely to be against Collingwood on Friday night.

“He’s still a little bit sore. It’d be unlikely he’d come up at this stage,” Scott said.

“It’s not a recurrence of the original injury; it’s a separate knock more to the triceps tendon rather than the elbow ligament.

“But it’s not long term, hopefully. If he’s not right this week, he’ll be right the following week.”

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While Clark will have to wait for Geelong’s second final, defender Jake Kolodjashnij (hip) and small forward Tom Atkins (hand) are both available after missing the Round 23 win over Carlton.

That leaves Scott with some dilemmas at selection.

“It’s often referred to as a good problem to have, but on a human level it’s really difficult because we feel for the players that will miss out,” he said.

“We don’t think it necessarily reflects the contribution they’ve had to the season if they don’t play this week.

“And there’s also the possibility that they will come in in future weeks if we’re good enough to progress.

“We’ve got pretty good availability, guys in good form, and although the bulk of the team is quite clear – and has been for a little while  – the last spot or two or three is a little challenging.

“And I’m not really in a position to shed any more light on it right at the moment.”

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