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Cocky closing in on return

GEELONG coach Chris Scott has given the strongest indication yet that the luckless Nakia Cockatoo is set to make his highly-anticipated AFL return.

He hasn’t ruled out the 23-year-old being part of the Cats side for Friday night’s clash with Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium.

When Scott was asked whether the clash with Adelaide on August 23 loomed as the right time for Cockatoo to return, he replied: “I think the timing is about right … maybe even sooner.”

“The practice match he just had was the best I’ve seen so far.

“I think we’re getting to the stage now where we could pick him with some confidence.

“I’m starting to think about him for next week.”

Cockatoo, who been restricted to just 34 games since being drafted in late 2014, last featured at AFL level in Round 3, 2018 against West Coast.

On that afternoon he suffered a knee injury and was sidelined for three months before returning at VFL level on July 15.

However, Cockatoo again broke down and has played only one VFL match since, on August 4 last year.

He trained strongly over Summer before a hamstring issue provided a minor setback.

But since the return from the COVID-19 shutdown in mid-May, Cockatoo has done everything he can to prove his body is up to the rigours of the AFL.

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