Dangerfield won’t shut door on round one, Ablett ‘100 per cent’ to play

Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield is refusing to rule himself out of the Cats’ round one blockbuster with Melbourne.

Geelong medicos are reviewing the scans of Dangerfield’s injured hamstring, with the club to have a clearer prognosis on Wednesday morning.

The midfield bull went in for scans on Tuesday afternoon, but Geelong’s medical team wanted to review the results and discuss with coaches before arriving at a conclusion.

“No, it sort of feels pretty general so until we get the results back, I don’t really know,” Dangerfield told waiting reporters.

Meantime, the news is better for fellow Brownlow medallist Gary Ablett, who looks certain to make his return in the blue and white hoops in round one against Melbourne, according to his manager Liam Pickering.

Ablett has been nursing a hamstring injury since arriving from the Gold Coast Suns, but Pickering is adamant he’ll be fit for the opening game.

“He is very confident,” Pickering told SEN.

“100 per cent I think he will play. My understanding talking to him is he will play round one.

“He was half a chance to play on Sunday, and of course the Cats were smart being conservative.

“Another two weeks on that hammy, it will be about a five-weeker. He will be fine by then.”

Lock it in: Gary Ablett is certain to face the Demons, his manager says.

Lock it in: Gary Ablett is certain to face the Demons, his manager says.

Ablett struggled in his last year at the Suns with a persistent hamstring problem, managing only 14 games and yet still able to win the club’s best and fairest.

Dangerfield, on the other hand, has never suffered a problem with either hamstring before last weekend’s injury against Essendon.

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