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Surgery for Ruggles

Tom Ruggles is facing up to six weeks on the sidelined following shoulder surgery. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

TOM Ruggles is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury suffered in Geelong’s VFL loss to Richmond at Punt Road Oval on Saturday.

The fringe defender went under the knife today, with early August shaping as a likely return for the 25-year-old.

“He’s sprained the AC (joint), but has required surgery off the back of that,” Cats football manager Steve Hocking said.

“He copped a high knock and it’s just disrupted the AC joint. The actual joint’s OK, but it’s the ligaments that have been damaged around it, so they’ve had to do some work to that.”

“If he hadn’t had it operated on you can’t tackle anyone and you can’t push off anyone, so it had to be done.”

Hocking also confirmed the hamstring injuries suffered by Scott Selwood and Nakia Cockatoo are on different scales.

Selwood, who confirmed “a small tear” on K rock’s Fresh Daily, will miss between 1-3 weeks, while Coacktoo is looking at between 2-4 weeks on the sidelines.

“It’s the same leg, but not the same spot,” Hocking said of Cockatoo.

“We’ll treat it as it needs to be, we won’t give it any extra weeks other than what the medical staff direct us on.”

Irish rookie Mark O’Connor has what Hocking described as a “high ankle” injury.

“They can be anywhere between a week to four weeks, it just depends on how quickly they recover,” Hocking said.

“He’s had an MRI (scan) and it’s cleared him of any serious damage, which is good.

“If you saw him today, he’s in a moonboot, but that’s just to shut it down and give it a chance to heal and not put any weight through it.

“Hopefully it’s just a week.”

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