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Stanton uncertain for Cat clash

Brent Stanton after being subbed out against GWS with a groin injury - ${keywords}
Brent Stanton after being subbed out against GWS with a groin injury
BRENT Stanton will need to prove his fitness at training this week if the Essendon midfielder is to line up against Geelong on Friday.

Stanton was subbed out of the Bombers' win over Greater Western Sydney on Saturday afternoon with a groin injury.

The 27-year-old appeared to strain the muscle while running during the game, and left the field for treatment. He returned in the third quarter but was subbed out of the game.

Essendon football operations manager Steve Alessio said Stanton had escaped a tear, but will have to train well to be ready for Friday night.

"'Stants' copped a knock during the game last week, he has had scans which show that it should come up all right," Alessio told

"He is going to test it out at training and hopefully come up this weekend."

The Bombers are set to welcome back Michael Hurley (ankle), Dustin Fletcher (groin), Jason Winderlich (rest), Dyson Heppell (groin), Jake Carlisle (ankle) and Paddy Ryder (suspension) for the clash with the Cats.

Alessio indicated all six would be brought back into the senior line-up.

"They will all be training and putting their hand up for this weekend's match," he said.

"Hopefully they all train well on the track and all come into the side if all goes well."

David Hille's absence will create one less problem for the Essendon selection committee, with the veteran ruckman given leave for the next two weeks by the club to attend a family function overseas.

Follow AFL website reporter Callum Twomey on Twitter at @AFL_CalTwomey.