Geelong are sweating on the fitness of Quinton Narkle after he picked up an ankle injury that required a moon boot following the 10-point win over the Brisbane Lions.
The Cats are out to win the 2022 AFL grand final and showed plenty of heart to grind out the win against another flag contender on Friday night.
The win did come at a cost though as Narkle had to leave the field with an ankle injury and the Cats will have to wait before discovering the full extent of the damage.
Addressing the media after the game coach Chris Scott was hopeful it was not serious but could not say for sure.
"He's pretty sore," Scott told reporters. "I'm repeating what the medical staff told me. The mechanism was quite severe.
"They were a little bit worried about it, but a bit more optimistic that it's not a really serious one.
"It'll take a bit of time to tell. Those things tend to swell up pretty quickly and can hide some of the real damage."
Meanwhile Scott was delighted that his side managed to grind out the win without the influential Joel Selwood.
Geelong rested the veteran as they look to manage his minutes this season and Scott says it proves they can perform without him.
"I think it's really validating for our young players to know they can get it done without him," he added. "We'd prefer not to get it done without him too often, but I thought they really stepped up."