Coach praises brave Stephenson
August 14, 2012 11:24:01 UK
Coach Chris Scott says he was impressed by the battling qualities of Geelong ruckman Orren Stephenson against West Coast.
The Cats, who are 5001.00 to win the Grand Final, have revealed Stephenson has had surgery after breaking his hand in the narrow loss to the Eagles. He will miss Friday's clash with St Kilda, and probably at least one more game.
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His loss against the Saints will be offset by the return of fellow big man Trent West, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury.
Already severely impacted by a lack of ruck stocks, Orren broke his hand in the first quarter and it was a really courageous effort to play on.Chris Scott
Scott paid tribute to Stephenson, who was forced to battle on after suffering the injury in the first quarter.
"Already severely impacted by a lack of ruck stocks, Orren broke his hand in the first quarter and it was a really courageous effort to play on," the coach said.
Scott must work out who misses out on Friday given James Kelly, Paul Chapman, Josh Hunt and Joel Corey are all ready to return from injury, and Tom Hawkins set to play after being concussed last week.
Chapman is the most borderline of that experienced quintet having suffered a calf injury in the build-up to the Eagles match.
"He had a very minor calf injury and if it happened a little bit earlier in the week, we'd be extremely confident that he would play," Scott said.
"Training will be really important for him and the one thing we are really strong on is that unless we are absolutely sure he will be right than we won't risk him."
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