Hamstring injury to sideline Ablett
SCANS have confirmed Gary Ablett has suffered a minor hamstring strain.
The Geelong superstar reported tightness at training last week before further examination revealed minor damage.
But Geelong football manager Simon Lloyd said Ablett was never going to play in the club's opening JLT match against Gold Coast in Townsville on Sunday.
Lloyd said on Monday morning Ablett was still on track to play the Cats' second pre-season game against Essendon on March 11 and was in no danger of missing the season-opener against Melbourne at the MCG on March 25.
Geelong has been rapt with Ablett's pre-season and the volume of work he's been able to get in, up until now.
But at 33 and coming off a 2017 season in which he missed six games with a hamstring injury, it's not the sort of scenario that would excite Cats fans.
New teammate Patrick Dangerfield earlier this month said he expected Ablett to have a big season and warned the AFL community not to underestimate the dual Brownlow medallist.
"I think Gary's footy will do the talking. We're very excited with what he's going to bring," Dangerfield said.
"Write him off at your own peril, because I think he's got a few points to prove."