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Surgery for Stewart

Geelong defender Tom Stewart. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG defender Tom Stewart has had a plate inserted during surgery for a fractured collarbone suffered in Sunday’s three-point win over Melbourne at the MCG.

Stewart sustained the injury late in the first quarter after an incident with Demon Tom McDonald and went under the knife on Monday afternoon in Melbourne.

“It’s really disappointing for Tom,” Cats football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“Knowing him, he’ll be back around the club very soon and will start his recovery, and hopefully he moves through that very quickly.

“How long the recovery is? I’d be guesstimating at this point-of-time.

“We’ll wait for guidance on that from his surgeon.”

Lloyd said Stewart will be given the final say on whether he joins his teammates in the Perth hub, with Geelong due to fly out for a three-week stint in the West Australian captain on July 11.

“As we know, Tom has done a lot of work in the past in coaching with our AFLW team,” Lloyd said.

“No doubt Tom will stay very engaged with the defensive group and a lot of our younger players.

“He’ll probably want to be a part-time coach through that period.”

Lloyd said defensive forward Tom Atkins is being monitored after suffering a knock to the chest early in the match.

“He’s a tough competitor; we all know that, and he was able to get through the game,” Lloyd said.

“But he was sore throughout.

“We’ll just see how pulls up in the coming days and hopefully that resolves itself.”

Patrick Dangerfield has been cleared of any damage after receiving a knock to the jaw.

“It was assessed by our medical team at the time, and 24 hours post-game he appears to have pulled up well,” Lloyd said.

“He was able to get through the game.”

Rhys Stanley is making progress from a sprained medial ligament suffered against Carlton, with the ruckman starting weight-bearing training on Monday.

However, there is still no timeframe on his return.

“He completed his first run today on the AlterG (running machine), and he’ll do a ground run tomorrow, which is really positive,” Lloyd said.

“So he’s starting to get moving, which is great.”

Former Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins is making progress in his recovery from a back issue that has sidelined him since the return from the COVID-19 shutdown.

“He appears to have turned the corner,” Lloyd said.

“He completed a good session today, which is really positive for Josh.”

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