19/04/2024

Cameron Guthrie in action last year. Credit: Daniel Cohen, The Inner Sanctum (Photo File)

The Cat’s have been dealt a tough blow just weeks out from the start of the AFL season, after the extent of Cameron Guthrie’s quad injury was revealed.

The 31-year-old midfielder will likely miss the next eight to 10 weeks after doing tendon damage to his quadricep in the opening seconds of last week’s match simulation against Carlton.

It continues a horror run for the Cats veteran, with a persistent footy injury keeping him out of AFL football for most of last year. The last game he played was all the way back in Round six, 2023 with his injuries forcing him to resort to medical help in the US.

He also worked closely with the Australian Ballet’s principal physio, Dr Sue Mayes in an attempt to shake his injury woes.

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The two-time best and fairest winners’ absence left a gaping home in Chris Scott’s side last year, and Geelong will need some of its younger players to step up early this season.

Max Holmes, Tanner Bruhn and former top 10 draft pick Jhye Clark, all look set to feature heavily in the side after veteran Guthrie’s recent injury. Big-bodied midfield draftee George Stevens also appears in the frame for some early season opportunities.

Geelong’s General Manager of football Andrew Mackie says he expects Guthrie to attack his rehab in order to return early on in the year.

“Cam is the ultimate professional who will attack his rehab diligently with the support of our medical team and we look forward to having him back on the field in the early part of the season.”

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