Selwood Faces Race against Time after Surgery
Geelong Cats, Premiership winners in three of the last seven seasons, are confident that captain, Joel Selwood, will be fit for the start of the new AFL campaign following foot surgery.
The inspirational 25-year-old is not expected to be ready in time to feature in the opening NAB Challenge game against Collingwood on 12th February but should be available for the Cats’ AFL season opener with Adelaide on 20th March.
Geelong’s sports science head, Peter Stanton, said: “Joel has an irritation in his foot that was not settling as quickly as we expected.
“We envisage that as a result of the surgery being fairly minor he will be back running in two to three weeks.”
Selwood has only missed six games due to injury in his career and has been a regular in the Geelong side for the last seven years, featuring in 160 matches.
After serving one season as vice-captain in 2011, Selwood was appointed as the captain of Geelong at the beginning of 2012, a move that proved popular with fans who watch AFL live online.
Meanwhile, both Hamish McIntosh and Dawson Simpson have recovered from serious injuries and they are set to lead the club’s ruck division this year.
McIntosh did not play a game at any level last year, while Simpson was forced to sit out the final third of the season after suffering a serious knee injury.
However, both men have impressed in pre-season training and are on course to feature in next month’s NAB Challenge match against Collingwood.
After taking on the Magpies, Geelong will travel to Alice Springs to play Melbourne on 28th February before completing their pre-season campaign with a practice game against North Melbourne on 7th March.
The Cats finished second on the AFL ladder in 2013 before their season came to an abrupt end when they were beaten in the first preliminary final by Hawthorn.