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Cats confident on Dahlhaus

Geelong small forward Luke Dahlhaus. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG is planning for Luke Dahlhaus to be right for Saturday’s clash with Gold Coast at GMHBA Stadium.

The small forward was a late withdrawal from the Cats’ win over St Kilda last Friday after suffering a knock in the previous week’s clash with Richmond.

“We’re aiming to see Luke train this week, and the fact he came so close last week tells us that we’re expecting him to be available for this week’s game against the Gold Coast,” Geelong football boss Simon Lloyd said.

Defender Jake Kolodjashnij is also closing in on a return from a knee injury suffered in the Round 6 win over West Coast last month.

“He’s completing running, kicking, change of direction, and we’ll see him included in training this week, and we’ll assess his availability to play,” Lloyd said.

Geelong looks set to be conservative with Sam Simpson’s return from a hamstring injury sustained against the Tigers.

“Sam is going through his hamstring rehabilitation, and he’ll continue to work on his strength to reduce the risk of any reoccurrence in the future,” Lloyd said.

“It’s just a matter of putting the work in now for Sam and looking to the future.”

Lloyd has also provided updates on Gryan Miers, Patrick Dangerfield, Mark O’Connor, Francis Evans, Nathan Krueger, Cooper Stephens and Cam Taheny.

“Miers is tracking well with his rehabilitation from his fibula fracture. He’s currently running on the Alter G treadmill and making progress,” he said.

“Patrick is currently running and tracking well. The key thing for us with Patrick is pulling the reins on him where we need to. We’ll assess over the coming week as to which path we’ll take.

“Mark O’Connor has made expected progress with his hamstring rehabilitation.

“Evans had the syndesmosis ankle injury; he’s progressing very well with his fitness and, pending training throughout the week, we expect him to go close to being available.

“Nathan Kreuger, with his knee injury, is showing excellent progress. It will be specific to his training and football loads, but he also may be available this week, subject to a test.

“Cooper has had some challenges with his injury, and things seem to have settled. He’s participating in part of training, and we’ll monitor that closely over the coming week. He’s showing positive signs, which is great.

“Cam had a minor strain to his adductor, and we’re expecting a short rehabilitation period for Cam before he becomes available in the coming week or two.”

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