Stewart sets sights on Round 1

January 23, 2020 11:45 am in by
Geelong defender Tom Stewart (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ALL-Australian defender Tom Stewart is confident of being right for Geelong’s opening round clash with the GWS Giants after battling a groin issue through pre-season.

The 26-year-old is closing in on a return to full training having spent the last month building up his fitness through running.

Stewart says the focus is on a Round 1 return rather than the Cats’ Marsh Series matches against Gold Coast (February 22) and Essendon (March 9).

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“I was just a little bit sore after the season,” he said.

“I wasn’t fully sure of the extent of it, and then I got married and went on our honeymoon, so I wasn’t quite getting the healthy physio treatment that I should have been.

“But, I’m all fixed on Round 1 and ready to go for there, so I should be right.”

Stewart, who joined several Cats AFL and AFLW player in accepting food donations for fire-ravaged communities at The Food Purveyor in South Geelong, is one of a number of senior Cats to have interrupted pre-season.

Captain Joel Selwood (hamstring), Mitch Duncan (hip) and Jake Kolodjashnij (hip) have also had their concerns.

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Young forward Nathan Krueger has also been restricted after suffering a knee injury before Christmas during contest work with fellow tall Esava Ratugolea.

Scans revealed a later meniscus tear which resulted in minor surgery for Krueger.

“I was a bit shocked at first. I was a bit emotional when I was talking to (my) Dad about it,” the South Australian told the Cats’ website.

“But, I got over it pretty quickly and saw the bright side of it.”

That bright side for Krueger has been a chance to develop his body in the gym ahead of a return to running this week.

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“Pilates to increase core and glute and hamstring strength,” he said.

“And even stability training with medicine balls and balancing on one leg.

“It’s all coming together now.”

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