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Geelong send Vardy for more surgery

January 16, 2015 12:01:49 UK

Nathan Vardy is set for more surgery as one of three Geelong players to suffer pre-season setbacks.

Vardy was on the sidelines for the whole of last year after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in pre-season, and will now miss more training. The 23-year-old, who had a full reconstruction of his right knee in 2014, has had a run of bad luck with injuries that have restricted him to just 21 games across six seasons.

Cats football manager Steve Hocking said: “Nathan will head in for surgery next week to have some scar tissue removed which is something that is common with players coming off an ACL reconstruction.

“We view Nathan with an eye to the future so we are nipping this one in the bud before it can cause any problems down the track.”

We view Nathan with an eye to the future so we are nipping this one in the bud before it can cause any problems down the track.

Steve Hocking

Steve Johnson and Mitch Clark are the other Cats players to suffer minor injury setbacks.

Johnson is being given time off to overcome foot soreness and Geelong, who are 14.00 to win the Grand Final, expect him to training in late January.

Hocking said he had pulled up sore following a training session, and the club’s medical staff felt the best course of action was to allow him to rest.

Clark hurt his calf in training, as he stepped up his bid to return to the sport after he walked out on Melbourne in 2013 to battle depression.

Hocking said: “Mitch has been training incredibly well so far and whilst this injury is unfortunate we don’t believe it will be something that will hamper his build up to the start of the season.”

Geelong are 1.40 to finish in the AFL top eight.

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