GEELONG forward Nathan Vardy's season isn't over, but the injury-plagued big man will miss a "number of weeks" following an ankle sprain in the VFL at the weekend.
Vardy was stretchered from Simonds Stadium in the game against Essendon's VFL side on Sunday writhing in pain.
But Cats coach Chris Scott confirmed the news is much better than first thought for the 25-year-old.
"It's relatively good news because it did look terrible," Scott said on Wednesday.
"He's going to miss a number of weeks, but it's certainly not season-ending, nor anything close to."
Vardy has dealt with a number of injury issues in his time at Geelong, with hip, knee and foot issues restricting him to just 25 games in seven seasons at the Cattery.
The tall forward, who can also push into the ruck, has played just one senior game in 2016, having fallen behind Zac Smith, Rhys Stanley and Mitch Clark.
Vardy, who is out of contract at season's end, has already attracted interest from opposition clubs in the market for a versatile ruck option.
In better news for the Cats, Scott said on Wednesday that Josh Caddy would make his comeback from a knee injury this weekend, most likely in the VFL.
Caddy has not played since suffering a medial ligament strain in his knee against the Western Bulldogs in round 13.
"We're confident Josh will play. We need to see a little bit more from him," Scott said.
"He's had an outstanding rehab, so the indications are that he'll play."