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Paddy set for stint on sidelines

Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield suffered a calf injury in Saturday’s win over Port Adelaide. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

PATRICK Dangerfield is unlikely to be seen until after Geelong’s mid-season bye, with the club considering a training program for the star midfielder to have him in the best shape for the run to the finals.

The 32-year-old, who had already been sidelined with a calf issue earlier in the season, was subbed out in the final quarter of Saturday’s win over Port Adelaide at GMHBA Stadium.

Dangerfield would miss this week’s meeting with former club Adelaide and the following week’s meeting against the Western Bulldogs.

Geelong’s bye follows that ahead of a trip to take on the West Coast Eagles in Round 14.

“Our medical and performance team are continuing to monitor Pat’s status,” head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor said.

“It is likely that a couple of weeks of training now would better serve Pat and provide the conditioning base required for the remainder of the season.”

Coach Chris Scott said last week that Geelong was hoping to see Carji Greeves Medal runner-up Jack Henry back in action either side of the bye.

However, the latest update has that as more than likely post rather than pre the break.

“Jack has increased his change of direction loads and increased his running,” Taylor said.

“He’ll be ramping up his football over the coming weeks and is showing really good progress.”

Midfielder Sam Menegola won’t be seen until after the bye as he battles knee soreness.

“Sam Menegola is showing significant improvements, but we’ll be looking for Sam to complete full training before being available for selection, which will come in the not-too-distant future,” Taylor said.

Rhys Stanley (ankle) and Quinton Narkle (soreness) will be assessed later in the week after being late withdrawals from the win over the Power.

“Rhys and Quinton were given every opportunity to play against Port Adelaide but unfortunately didn’t tick off the relevant medical and conditioning tests prior to the game,” Taylor said.

Draftee Flynn Kroeger’s first appearance in the Hoops in Sunday’s VFL win over the Northern Bullants hasn’t gone as hoped.

“Flynn, unfortunately, has a small fracture in his wrist that will be treated conservatively, and we hope to see Flynn back out there in the medium term,” Taylor said.

“Flynn will still be able to work on his football fitness whilst his wrist recovers.”

Taylor said Max Holmes and Esava Ratugolea are “progressing well” following ankle surgery.

“We hope to see both Max and Esava back in football-specific drills in the coming weeks,” he said.

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