Scan results bring relief for Selwood

04 March 2014 20:27:10 GMTPlus10

Captain Joel Selwood has been given the medical green light to play in Geelong's AFL season opener against Adelaide.

The Cats ace suffered a right hamstring problem in the first quarter of the NAB Challenge clash with Melbourne on Friday.

But scans have revealed only minor tissue damage, and he is confident he will be ready for the Round 1 game with the Crows on 20th March.

"I mean I have got to listen to my body right now and make sure I am right, so I've got three weeks ... I'm pretty confident I'll be there."

Joel Selwood

Geelong had been sweating on results of the scan, after Selwood became their latest player to be hurt in pre-season.

Both Nathan Vardy and Steve Motlop picked up knee injuries, and along with Allen Christensen (back) are set to miss the early part of the season.

Selwood has already been able to resume running, and says with three weeks still to go before the new campaign begins he should be fine.

"You wouldn't even call it a Grade 1 (strain), which is a great result," he said. "It actually feels really good, I ran last night and then I ran today up to about 70 or 80 per cent.

"I mean I have got to listen to my body right now and make sure I am right, so I've got three weeks ... I'm pretty confident I'll be there."

The 25-year-old has played 160 games for the Cats since being taken with the seventh overall pick at the 2006 National Draft.

He helped Geelong reach three consecutive AFL Grand Finals from 2007-09, and was vice-captain when they won the 2011 premiership.

The three-time All-Australian was named captain at the start of 2012, and won the AFLPA Best Captain Award last year.

Geelong are 5000/1 to win the AFL Grand Final.

The Cats are 1/5000 to finish in the top four.

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