GEELONG coach Chris Scott says forward Gary Rohan has “recovered pretty well” from a head knock suffered in Saturday night’s loss to Port Adelaide and should be right for Friday night’s clash with Adelaide at GMHBA Stadium.
Rohan was on the end of a bump from the Karl Amon during the third quarter of the 11-point defeat at Adelaide Oval that has earned the Power defender a one-week suspension.
“But, as we always say with concussion, it’s too early to be definitive with his availability,” Scott said.
“I guess we’re still optimistic is the most thorough description we can give.”
Esava Ratugolea is all but guaranteed to return after Geelong took the ultra-conservative approach with a hamstring injury suffered against Richmond, while Lachie Henderson has been cleared of any severe damage after receiving a knock to his AC joint in the Cats’ VFL win over Frankston.
However, defender Sam Menegola’s return from knee surgery in mid-May has been delayed.
“That, in part, is because they did a little bit more around the side of the injury than they were hoping to,” Scott said.
“It’s a matter of a couple of weeks we think.
He’s virtually back in full training now, and we’ll just need to see how he progresses before we can give a definitive date on his return, but we think it’s somewhere in the two- to three-week range back to playing.”
Scott also confirmed a knee issue that has troubled captain Joel Selwood at times during the season is improving.
“He’s probably in better shape now than he’s been throughout the course of the season,” Scott said.
“It has (been limiting him). He thought he was better for the week off, but it’s not an issue where one week off is going to fix completely.
“He’s in that big group of players – let’s say 60 per cent of AFL players – who are carrying little niggles through games most weeks.
“He had a couple of weeks off earlier in the season with something unrelated that did help that problem a bit, but it’s not significant enough to think that playing is holding him back.
“If anything, he’s getting better week by week.”