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Tuohy to return via VFL

Geelong defender Zach Tuohy. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

ZACH Tuohy will make his return from off-season knee surgery in Geelong’s VFL clash with Werribee at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday.

Coach Chris Scott has confirmed the veteran defender will play his first game since last year’s elimination final loss to Melbourne.

“His preparation’s been such that we think the best thing for him is to play in the VFL,” Scott said.

“But it was a live possibility we could bring him straight back (into the AFL team).

“That would indicate we think it’s going to be a small stint in the VFL.

“Whether it’s one or two (matches), I don’t really see it being longer than that.”

Scott says Tuohy will play with no limitations.

“He’s actually in good aerobic shape,” Scott said. “His injury has been one that’s allowed him to do a fair bit of work.

“It was more just making sure he was ready for intensity.

“So, he’s been able to do a bit of sub-maximal for quite a time.”

Geelong look set to make at least one change for the Easter Monday meeting with Hawthorn.

Scott revealed Cam Guthrie was “likely” to make his first AFL appearance of 2019 after returning from a calf issue in the VFL team’s loss to Northern Blues.

That will be at the expense of Charlie Constable, who will be managed this week.

“He’s a young player who we need to get through the season,” Scott said.

“So, that was a priority for us, even over and above players coming back into the team.

“It was either going to be last week or this week, and this is the one for Charlie.

“It’s not a reflection of his performance, because he’s been going really well.”

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