Geelong coach Chris Scott has taken aim at veteran sports medico Peter Larkins over a tweet the doctor made surrounding the Cats’ handling of defender Tom Stewart.
Three-time All-Australian Stewart has not yet been ruled out for the season despite a Lisfranc injury in his foot, with Geelong leaving the door ajar for Stewart to play in the grand final on September 25 should the Cats qualify for the decider by beating Melbourne in a preliminary final on Friday night at Optus Stadium.
Larkins last week said it would be “delusional” to think Stewart could play again this season having had surgery less than a month ago.
Scott fiercely defended his club’s medical staff on Wednesday.
“Tom is on a program that was laid out by the very best medical experts and anyone who questions that, especially when they’re a level below that expertise, doesn’t really know what they’re talking about,” Scott said.
“He’s following a plan that was laid out right from the start and he just keeps ticking off those days. If he makes it, he makes it; if he doesn’t, he doesn’t. There’s not going to be much room for grey there.
“We’re confident we have the very best people in Australia certainly, maybe even the world who are across this.
“Someone in the medical profession who hasn’t had the opportunity to look at the situation in detail, throwing haymakers like that from the cheap seats I think is highly unprofessional.