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Medial ligament strain rules out Rhys Stanley

Geelong will be without Rhys Stanley against Melbourne on Sunday after the ruckman strained his medial ligament during Saturday night’s upset loss against Carlton.

The Cats will be forced to consider playing Darcy Fort against the Demons’ All-Australian ruckman Max Gawn or reshaping their forward-line to put key forward Esava Ratugolea into the ruck and using leaping defender Jack Henry to provide support.

Geelong's Rhys Stanley flies high.

Geelong’s Rhys Stanley flies high.Credit:Getty Images

They could also play Mark Blicavs in the ruck again as they did in the qualifying final when Stanley was withdrawn late or the key defender could pinch-hit in the ruck also.

Stanley, 29, was outstanding in round two but lowered his colours against Carlton’s Marc Pittonet in round three.

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