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Kola closing in on return

Jake Kolodjashnij in action in Geelong’s win over the Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE shutdown of the AFL season may see Jake Kolodjashnij miss just one match

The Geelong defender underwent off-season hip surgery and missed the opening round loss to the GWS Giants having appeared in 46 of a possible 48 games in the previous two seasons.

He said it’s given him the chance to take a conservative path with his rehabilitation.

“I’ve been taking the slow approach since the COVID-19 stuff has happened to get my body right, and I’m feeling really good at the moment, and I’m actually in a good place,” Kolodjashnij told the Cats’ website.

“With what’s happened, I think I’ve been one of the only ones who have benefitted from it I guess, being in rehab.”

“Hopefully I can slot back in with the boys once they’re up and running.

“I’d like to think I’m at the pointy end (of my rehab). I’m introducing a lot of high speed. I’ve been doing a lot of cutting and agility work.

“Scarlo (assistant coach Matthew Scarlett) came down (to train) last week, and I’ve been doing a lot of footy with him. I’m getting into a lot of footy specifics I guess, a lot of individual stuff that I want to get right coming back in.”

Kolodjasnij, who has played 93 games, went under the knife earlier in the year, with renowned surgeon Michael Pritchard performing the operation.

“I had a shave of the bone and the cartilage tidied up, so it involved getting the hip flexors strengthened up initially and then building a lot of glute strength and everything around it to compliment it,” he said.

“Initially it was a lot of time in the gym and a lot of upper body as well early days because I was restricted.

“Then it was slowly introducing things like cutting, high speed and eventually footy which is sort of where I’m at now.”

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