Geelong superstar Jeremy Cameron has suffered a hamstring injury.
The Cats confirmed late on Monday Cameron would miss the club’s Round 23 game against West Coast and he will now have the next three weeks off ahead of a qualifying final.
The Cats are the only side locked into the top four.
Cameron suffered the strain in the dying minutes of Geelong’s big win over Gold Coast in Round 22, and head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor has provided an update.
Jeremy Cameron and Rhys Stanley are expected to be fit for finals after suffering low-grade strains 🚑
Full Injury Update 📘: https://t.co/vIRNA0midQ#GeelongStrong | @GMHBA pic.twitter.com/UgUz1VJnDC
— Geelong Cats (@GeelongCats) August 15, 2022
“Jeremy came to bench late in the final quarter of Saturday’s game against the Gold Coast after reporting some low-level hamstring symptoms,” Taylor said in a club statement.
“We chose to take a no risk policy and decided not to have him return to the field.
“Jeremy has assessed well, and scans today have confirmed low level fluid consistent with a minor strain.
“We will track his progress through the week and he will be managed according to benchmark measures. We expect Jeremy to be ready for our first ending.”
Breaking – Huge blow for Geelong.
Jeremy Cameron has suffered a new hamstring injury.
It’s the right side – same side he injured three times last year.
Club hopeful he’s OK for first final, given it’s ‘low-grade’.
But with his history will remain a big watch@7NewsMelbourne
— Mitch Cleary (@cleary_mitch) August 15, 2022
The news means Charlie Curnow is set to win this year’s Coleman Medal, with the Blue seven goals clear of Tom Hawkins in third.
Meanwhile, Rhys Stanley will also miss the last home and away game with an adductor strain.
“Rhys experienced some adductor tightness during the game against the Gold Coast,” Taylor said.
“He has had a scan post this game which shows a low-grade adductor strain. Rhys will begin a reconditioning program that we expect will have him available for selection for the first final.”