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Danger still a chance for round one: Cats

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Patrick Dangerfield in action before injuring his hamstring against Essendon
I'm not going to push it. It's round one so we've got to be realistic from that perspective
Patrick Dangerfield

PATRICK Dangerfield is still a chance to play in Geelong's round one clash despite sustaining a low-grade hamstring injury in the Cats' final pre-season hitout against Essendon. 

The club confirmed on Wednesday morning that the superstar midfielder was still in the mix to face Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday, March 25. 

Teammate Rhys Stanley also remains a chance to line up against the Demons after scans revealed he had a low-grade calf tear. 

"This is positive news for Patrick and Rhys and they both have their sights firmly set on round one," Geelong football manager Simon Lloyd said. 

"Both Patrick and Rhys will undertake individualised programs over the next 10 days with our medical and fitness staff as they work towards full fitness for the beginning of the season." 

"Obviously, I'd rather there be nothing there at all," Dangerfield told reporters on Wednesday.

"In terms of the significance of it, it's only a minor one – which we believe it is – so anything can happen.

"It depends on how it feels. I'm not going to push it. It's round one so we've got to be realistic from that perspective.

"But there's still plenty of water to go under the bridge."

Dangerfield pulled up short after kicking the ball in the first quarter of the Cats' JLT Community Series clash in Colac and immediately left the field.

However, he appeared to be moving freely in the rooms after the game.

Stanley also suffered his injury early in the first term against the Bombers but, like Dangerfield, he wasn't limping as he left the field.

Dangerfield's positive prognosis keeps alive his chances of joining skipper Joel Selwood and prodigal son Gary Ablett in the Cats' dream starting midfield against the Demons.

Ablett's manager Liam Pickering has described his client as a "100 per cent chance" to face the Demons, despite sitting out both of Geelong's trial matches with a hamstring issue.

Lachie Henderson (knee) and Scott Selwood (ankle) are not expected to be available for round one.

Nakia Cockatoo (calf) and Stewart Crameri, having had hip surgery last year, have also had limited pre-seasons.