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Selwood to miss again as Cats hold skipper back

The Cats said the club was making decisions daily on player availability, with Zach Tuohy and Harry Taylor likely to return to the team that defeated Adelaide on Sunday.

Jack Steven, who had his best game with the club against the Crows, is likely to keep his spot with the club carefully managing the former Saint in his first season with the Cats.

Joel Selwood has a niggle in his knee.

Joel Selwood has a niggle in his knee.Credit:Getty Images

Geelong will play a scratch match against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday with ruck-forward Josh Jenkins and exciting midfielder Nakia Cockatoo set to press their case for selection.

Neither have played this season and Scott admitted it was a big match for Cockatoo as he looks to return to senior football for the first time since round three, 2018.

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“It is getting to the point where this is an important bit of match practice for him on Saturday,” Scott said.

He also explained that a bout of food poisoning derailed Quinton Narkle for a period with the midfielder not been seen at AFL level since round six.

The Cats coach said that from a performance perspective he was not fussed whether the AFL had a pre-finals bye or not but he might have a different view on the eve of the finals.

He suggested that self-interest would become the main determining factor on each club’s outlook on that decision when finals came around.

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