Rugby League

Cats wait on stars, big Dog likely to miss again

Geelong forward Gary Rohan will be assessed at training on Thursday but remains in doubt for the Western Bulldogs clash this week after being heavily concussed last week.

Rohan suffered a head clash in the bump that saw North Melbourne's Sam Durdin suspended this week. He was ruled out of the rest of the game with concussion from the bump in the third quarter.

The Cats players had their day off on Wednesday so doctors will assess Rohan thoroughly at the main training session on Thursday.

Gary Rohan leaves the field concussed.Credit:AAP

Captain Joel Selwood has missed the last two matches with a back issue that has been causing tightness in his leg. He was initially listed as an emergency against North last week and was then briefly brought into the team as a late inclusion when Sam Menegola was a late withdrawal with knee soreness. Selwood was only back in the team briefly before he too was a late withdrawal – after being a late inclusion.

Selwood said on Wednesday that provided he trained well on Thursday he would be clear to play. Menegola also still has to prove his fitness with his knee injury.

“It’s a bit of everything,” Selwood told K Rock. “I’ve had a back for a little bit, but that very minor. Then it was leg/groin, then it went down into my calf a little bit, too.

“It was a combination, over a little period of time. I trained well Monday. I’ll train again tomorrow and feel good again.”

Defender Tom Stewart, who was also assessed after a head knock in the North Melbourne game, is clear to play. It is understood Stewart's issue was more about possible damage to his neck and not concussion but he had been cleared of any neck concern and was not in pain.

Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English is doubtful to play again this week. English missed last week with soreness after he was knocked around in the Richmond game two weeks ago. He was a late withdrawal from the Brisbane game last week and is still struggling to overcome that soreness and cork injuries he suffered.

Lin Jong who had an appendix removed three weeks ago is likely to play in the VFL this week.

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