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Scott bullish Cats can withstand loss of key midfielders

“They will travel to Perth. I don’t know if it is positive or not but I think there were issues when they were stretching and then it came out of nowhere. The initial feedback is that they were quite minor,” Scott said.

“Mitch Duncan was assessed for a long time and there was the possibility he could come back. That is a good sign. Quinton Narkle, it was more obvious he would not come back. That is the feedback and the physios and doctors hate it when I try to do their job.”

Scott said that regardless of what comes next he was optimistic his list would stack up.

Unlike Richmond and Melbourne, Geelong took their entire list of fit players on the road for what will be a month away from Victoria.

“At the start of the season, we thought it would be important to have a deep list. You can’t just make that up. You can’t talk yourself into it. You must have the players that are ready,” he said.

Tom Hawkins celebrates kicking a goal with Luke Dahlhaus.

Tom Hawkins celebrates kicking a goal with Luke Dahlhaus.Credit:Getty Images AsiaPac

Midfielder Sam Simpson marked his first AFL match in almost two years with a terrific 27-disposal performance. Scott said Simpson had plenty of company in terms of fringe players who could step up to the senior level.

“Sam Simpson has been on the edge of the team for a long time. There is a fair group of them through no fault of their own who have found themselves out of the team at the moment. It gives us confidence that Sam can come in and do a job and I think they will be more in the next four to six [matches who will] do a similar thing.”

The Lions have injury concerns of their own with Mitch Robinson (thigh), Cam Rayner (knee) and Hugh McCluggage (shoulder) all hurt during the loss.

The Lions take on Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium on Saturday week.

“Mitch got a decent corkie. We are fortunate we have eight to nine days to prepare and McCluggage with a knock to the shoulder…We will see how he is tomorrow. [Rayner] got a bang on the kneecap. He was able to continue playing,” Lions coach Chris Fagan said.

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