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Cats adamant captain's knee problem is improving

Geelong coach Chris Scott says Joel Selwood is in better shape than he has been in all season - AFL,Geelong Cats,Chris Scott,Joel Selwood
Geelong coach Chris Scott says Joel Selwood is in better shape than he has been in all season

GEELONG is adamant wounded captain Joel Selwood is on the improve despite an ongoing knee complaint that has reduced his output this season.

Selwood has battled groin, back and calf issues that sidelined him for two matches in May and strapped his right knee for the first time in Saturday's loss to Port Adelaide.

Conceding the complaint had limited his skipper, coach Chris Scott said it wasn't related to Selwood's move to a wing that has seen him drop from averaging 27 to 21 disposals per match.

"Joel's had a knee related issue all year, he's probably in better shape now than he's been throughout the course of the season," Scott said before training on Tuesday.

"He thought he was better for the week off (bye) but it's not an issue that one week off is going to fix completely.

"He had a couple of weeks off early in the season unrelated, but it did help that problem a little bit but it's not significant enough for us to think playing is holding him back.

"If anything, he's getting better."

Selwood trained fully and is a certain starter for Friday night's clash with Adelaide.

Gary Rohan was reduced to straight line running away from the main group, Scott only "optimistic" the forward would overcome his second concussion in time to face the Crows.

 

Power forward Esava Ratugolea (hamstring) trained with the main group and is set to return, however Sam Menegola (knee) remains at least a fortnight away.

Scott said the inability to win the contested ball against the Power – a count they lost by 36 – was more about mindset compared to a technical flaw.

"It is a reminder that we're far from the perfect team," Scott said.

"We don't even buy into the fact (that because) we're on top of the ladder we're the best team. Anyone that watched us on the weekend wouldn't be scared of Geelong.

"We do have a team that's improved a lot this year and we think there's improvement left in them."

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Scott said the upcoming block of training was to be individualised in order to have his stars performing come September.

"We don't make any apologies for making an investment in this time of the year the way our players are going to be prepared for later in the year," he said.

"To be brutally honest, if that means we're not quite at our best for the game post-bye then we're prepared to accept it. Some people might think that's a mistake but it's not their decision to make."

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The loss to Port Adelaide was Geelong's eighth-straight following mid-season byes since 2012, however Scott was taking the glass half full approach ahead of the date with the Crows.

"We're focusing on the fact that the game post, post-bye, we've won eight in a row," he said with a laugh.

"Because if the (post-bye) curse means something then this must mean something as well, you can't have it both ways."