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Cats skipper Joel Selwood will play a VFL practice match on Friday

GEELONG skipper Joel Selwood will have a full hit-out at Punt Road on Friday night when he lines up for the Cats' VFL team in a practice match against Richmond.

The Cats champion did not play in the NAB Challenge due to a foot injury but has remained confident throughout he would be ready to play in round one of the AFL season. 

The VFL practice match will also feature Dan Menzel in his first game since he played in the opening NAB Challenge match against Collingwood, while Richmond recruit Chris Yarran is expected to run around with the Tigers VFL team for the second week in a row.

Menzel pulled up with a sore calf after that game but was touch and go to play last week against Fremantle and is expected to be available for round one.

Geelong's VFL manager Troy Selwood told his brother Joel had earmarked this game about a fortnight ago as a perfect lead-in to the opening round of the season against Hawthorn on Easter Monday.

"It's match time he needs. Our coaching and fitness staff are really confident he's ready to go," Troy Selwood said.

"We have four 25-minute quarters scheduled and our understanding is that he will play most of that game without too many restrictions."

Troy said both players would benefit from taking a few bumps, making a few decisions and getting their hands on the footy. 

"It's going to be a case of blowing out the cobwebs."

Geelong will only play the two senior listed players while Richmond is expected to play about 10 players from its senior list.

It means several Geelong VFL players will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside the captain of the Cats at the peak of his career.

The game at the Punt Road Oval in Richmond kicks off at 6.30pm and is open to the public.