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Paddy looking at post-bye return

Patrick Dangerfield, before suffering his syndesmosis injury in Geelong’s Round 5 win over North Melbourne. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

PATRICK Dangerfield says he would need to find “some sort of dirt” on Geelong’s medical staff for him to play before the mid-season bye.

The star midfielder is nearly four weeks post-surgery on a syndesmosis injury suffered against North Melbourne in Round 5.

“I’m realistic where it’s at, and I think the older that you get, you become more pragmatic on what’s important, rather than being bull at a gate with everything you do,” Dangerfield said at the launch of the club’s BioCats program.

“It’s more ticking off the running, weight-bearing. Then you add in to that change of direction, which is a different element considering what the surgery was.

“Then you add on that contact, and the incidental contact that will happen around legs and feet and that sort of thing.

“There’s still a bit to go, but you’ve got to keep them (medical staff) on their toes.”

Dangerfield, who suffered the injury in his return from a three-week suspension, will return to running this week.

“The challenge is to continue to work on that, improve that, improve the strength of the muscle around it,” he said.

“But, everything’s tracking really well at the moment.”

Geelong has posted wins over West Coast, Richmond and St Kilda and suffered a narrow loss to Sydney in the four games since Dangerfield went down.

“I think our best had been great,” he said.

“So, that’s the challenge for us to continue to play at that level as much as we can.

“I think the sign, at the same time, of a good team, is being able to still win games of footy when you’re not playing at your absolute best.

“And, I think that’s what we’ve shown we’ve been able to do.”

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