Geelong are adopting a safety first approach with Patrick Dangerfield and he will not play again until after the bye in round 13 after picking up a calf issue.
The Cats are priced at 12/1 to win the 2022 AFL grand final and Dangerfield as always will be key to their chances of having a strong campaign.
With that in mind the Geelong medical staff say they will be cautious with Dangerfield as they don’t want to risk the injury becoming more serious.
The star mid will now miss the games against Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs before the bye, with a view to returning after it.
Instead of playing Dangerfield will train to ensure he is fit and ready to go after the bye.
"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," Geelong's head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor said. "Our medical and performance team are continuing to monitor Pat's status."
Meanwhile Taylor says both Rhys Stanley and Quinton Narkle face fitness tests this week before a decision is made on whether they can face Adelaide.
"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 added.
"They will continue with their reconditioning programs and will be assessed later in the week."