Cats fear Stewart has broken collarbone

29 June 2020 18:47:23 GMTPlus10

Geelong believe defender Tom Stewart has suffered a broken collarbone, which could end his AFL campaign.

The two-time All-Australian was hurt in an off-the-ball incident involving Melbourne forward Tom McDonald in the Cats' three-point win at the MCG.

Stewart may require surgery, but the Cats haven't put a timeline on his return yet.

Coach Chris Scott said: "The feedback I've got is that he's broken his collarbone."

Stewart is in his fourth AFL campaign with Geelong, who secured him with the No.40 pick at the 2016 national draft.

His injury could pave the way for a return for defender Lachie Henderson.

The Cats emerged with another issue from what was their second win in three games, with forward Tom Atkins hurt.

Scott said: "Tommy Atkins was sore, he was hobbling around with a couple of different things, and that's a concern for us because he's as tough as they come.

"We're optimistic that it's not going to be something that keeps him out, but that's a tough one because it was really important for us that he helped us with our rotations, but it was hard to watch him labouring as he did."

The win propelled Geelong up to sixth on the ladder as they prepare to take on a Suns side who have been this season's big surprises.

Saturday's clash with Gold Coast, who will be seeking a fourth-straight win, will be a special occasion for Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett.

Selwood will bring up 300 games, while Ablett will play his 350th AFL match.

Star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield should be available for the game at GMHBA Stadium, despite taking a knock to the jaw in a clash with Melbourne defender Michael Hibberd

Geelong are 8/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Cats are 1/4 to win their next game against Gold Coast, who are 63/20.

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