Kelly a chance for Blues

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Updated: May 19, 2015
James Kelly (left) speaks with assistant coach Nigel Lappin at Geelong training last year. Picture: AL PACKER
James Kelly speaks with assistant coach Nigel Lappin at Geelong training on Tuesday. Picture: AL PACKER

James Kelly speaks with assistant coach Nigel Lappin at Geelong training on Tuesday. Picture: AL PACKER

GEELONG veteran James Kelly is a chance to return from a ruptured testicle for Friday night’s clash with Carlton at Etihad Stadium.

If he plays against the Blues, the match be just 20 days after he suffered the injury in the win over Richmond on May 2.

“The likelihood is that we’ll pick him in the squad, subject to our final session, which we haven’t had yet,” coach Chris Scott said.

“It was always going to be (an injury) that would be hard to predict. The best case was probably the two-week scenario and the worst case out to over a month.

“It doesn’t look like worst case by any stretch. It’s a pleasant surprise, we need a few of them.”

The Cats will be boosted by the return of Tom Hawkins after he was a withdrawal from the loss to Sydney with a glute issue, while Andrew Mackie is also in contention.

 

Tom Hawkins

Tom Hawkins is a certain starter against Carlton on Friday night. Picture: AL PACKER

Mackie was named to return from a quad injury in last week’s VFL clash with Footscray, but the club decided to hold him back another week.

“That makes him more likely to play senior footy this weekend, but we haven’t worked through that in detail yet,” Scott said.

Mitch Duncan is the only confirmed out after scans yesterday confirmed a fracture in his foot that will need surgery and sideline him for at least 10 weeks.

“It certainly hurts the team short term because he has been if not our best player, one of our best players,” Scott said

“It hurts what we a trying to do longer team as well because he is such an important part of that developing midfield that we have.

“It’s very disappointing for him on an individual level as well because he is establishing himself as one of the really good players of the competition but in the context of his career it’s a setback — no question — three months off, but it’s not an injury we think is at risk of plaguing him his whole career.”

Who will replace Duncan, though, remains up in the air.

“We think we have got some pretty good options to come back,” Scott said.

“Mitch is a pretty well balanced player. he’s been good on the inside, a really good runner and transition player as well so hopefully we get a little bit of those two aspects from a number of players.”

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