Geelong sweat on Dangerfield injury
Geelong have been hit by the news Patrick Dangerfield's ankle issue is worse than first feared with the gun midfielder now facing the prospect of an extended spell on the sidelines.
Dangerfield picked up the issue during Sunday's win over North Melbourne but told reporters after the game it was a "minor tweak" and he should be fit to face the Eagles this week.
Cats coach Chris Scott also backed up those comments when he addressed the media after the Kangaroos clash.
"That’s the feedback I have got," Scott added, backing up Dangerfield's assessment. "We didn’t feel comfortable subbing him out even though he wasn’t going to play any further part in the game.
"Our best guess is that he will be right for next week, so we shouldn’t sub him out of the game."
The situation has since changed and there is talk that Dangerfield could require ankle surgery that will keep him out of the side for the next two months.
Scans are said to have revealed a syndesmosis tear and Geelong now have to decide whether the 31-year-old will be able to play on through the pain barrier or go under the knife.
Dangerfield saw a specialist in Sydney on Tuesday and the Cats will also take the results of that consultation on board before making a decision.
One thing is for certain, Dangerfield will not be facing West Coast at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday and it could be a while before he plays again.
The Cats are priced at 9/25 to beat the Eagles.
Geelong are 9/1 to win the AFL grand final.
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