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Surgery for Higgins

Shaun Higgins has undergone surgery on a fractured thumb. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SHAUN Higgins faces a stint on the sidelines with the Geelong recruit undergoing surgery on a fractured thumb on Thursday morning.

The former North Melbourne and Western Bulldogs suffered the injury during the Cats’ narrow win over Hawthorn on Easter Monday – a match he didn’t see out due to a hamstring issue.

And second-gamer Francis Evans may be waiting some time to play his third AFL match with the surgery a possibility on an ankle injury.

“They’re both at least medium-term,” coach Chris Scott said.

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It will force Geelong into two changes for the match-up with Melbourne at MCG on Sunday.

One of those spots looks set to be taken by running machine Sam Menegola, who hasn’t played since suffering damage to his AC joint in the Round 1 loss to Adelaide.

Bradley Close is also in the mix, along with Josh Jenkins, to fill Evans’s vacancy.

However, Cats fans will have to wait at least another week to see Jeremy Cameron pull on the Hoops for the first time.

“We’ve got the reins well and truly on him,” Scott said. “It’s uncertain – at least in my mind – when we’re going to unshackle him.

“We’re going to be so careful with that. I hate to reference other teams and other players, generally because I don’t know anything about their personal situation.

“But a player I admire so much like (West Coast’s) Luke Shuey, it just hits home again that you can get some bad luck, and you’ve got to do everything you can to mitigate that bad luck.

“He has been unlucky. And we’re quite happy when it comes to situations that we could have handled better.

“He had a desperately unlucky mechanism to give that hamstring a minor tweak again, to the point where you think it’s almost impossible for it to happen in a game.”

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Suspended duo Patrick Dangerfield and Gary Rohan are both likely to feature in Geelong’s VFL practice match against Collingwood on Saturday.

Click below to listen to Chris Scott’s media conference in its entirety.