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Scans reveal Stanley sprain

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SCANS have revealed sprained a medial ligament for Rhys Stanley, with Geelong’s medical staff now deciding the best course of action for the ruckman.

Stanley suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Cats’ shock two-point loss to Carlton at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday night.

Geelong football boss Simon Lloyd has told krockfootball.com.au they are unsure whether the injury needs surgery.

“We’ll wait until I hear from the medical team, but it depends on the grade of the sprain,” he said.

“We’re still gathering information; we don’t want to start jumping at shadows.”

However, it’s highly unlikely Stanley will be right to take on Max Gawn when the Cats meets Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday.

That will leave the door open for Darcy Fort to return to the team. After playing Round 1 against the GWS Giants, Stanley has been the preferred option for the Cats.

Small forward Luke Dahlhaus is a better chance to take on the Demons as he recovers from a concussion suffered in the first quarter against the Blues.

“Luke was in great spirits this morning,” Lloyd said. “He’ll be monitored closely by our medical team, and we’ll go through all the concussion protocols throughout the week.

“It will be the doctors’ call, but (there are) good signs as we speak.”

However, there is a question mark over midfielder Sam Menegola, who battled a back issue in the second half on Saturday.

“It’s hard to know with backs,” Lloyd said. “Sam had lower back pain; his back was spasming.

“They (physios) were trying to manipulate it and get back out there, but he was really struggling to get back out on the park.

“He’s moving around well today … we expect him to progress pretty well with a lot of treatment throughout the week.”

Brandan Parfitt, who withdrew from the loss to Carlton with hamstring tightness, should be right to take on Melbourne.

“Brandan had hamstring awareness in the middle of last week, and he trained in our final session and trained well over the weekend, so it was a line-ball decision not to play him.

“The expectation is he should be available.”

Oscar Brownless isn’t expected to spend too much time on the sidelines despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Cats’ match practice against Carlton.

“It popped back in, and he did have some good mobility post-game,” Lloyd said.

“The MRI scan showed that there’s no bone fracture, which is positive, and we expect him to get up and going quite quickly.”

Lloyd also said Geelong expects Jake Tarca (quad) to rejoin smaller group training this week.

He also confirmed the non-selected players from both the Cats and the Demons would meet in match practice at Port Melbourne on Sunday morning.

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