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Nathan Vardy is set to miss six weeks

NATHAN Vardy's unlucky run with injury has continued with the Geelong forward set to miss up to six weeks with a foot complaint.

Vardy suffered a ligament strain in his foot in Saturday's VFL practice match against North Ballarat at Simonds Stadium.

The injury, which came about when a Roosters opponent fell across the 24-year-old's foot in a marking contest, does not require surgery.

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"This was just an unlucky incident during the game," Cats football manager Steve Hocking told the club's website.

"The good news is that there is no surgery required and we expect this injury to heal over the next month.

"Nathan will be in a boot for a couple of weeks as he continues to heal from this injury."

It is more bad luck for Vardy who was just starting to find some continuity in his football after returning late last year from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a series of hip issues.

The mobile forward, who was an emergency for the Easter Monday clash against Hawthorn, booted four goals against North Ballarat.

That followed the seven majors he booted during the NAB Challenge series.

Vardy's injury will also mean the Cats are likely to stick with the ruck/forward pairing of Zac Smith and Rhys Stanley for the foreseeable future.

Vardy has played 24 games in six seasons on Geelong's list.