Selwood's knock-on effect concerns Cats
Captain courageous: Joel Selwood's fearless playing style can have its problems. Photo: Getty Images
JOEL Selwood may have escaped suspension for hitting Brisbane Lions niggler Andrew Raines, but the Geelong captain is still no sure thing to play against Melbourne on Saturday.
A retaliatory strike from Raines floored Selwood, and it is that knock which could stop him playing.
Coach Chris Scott said the Cats were closely monitoring the number of knocks to Selwood's head, a consequence of his courageous playing style. ''Certainly we are concerned about him - not just because he's one of our best players and captain - but because he's a Geelong player and we will make sure we will take every precaution to make sure when he goes out [on the ground] he is fully fit,'' he said yesterday.
''At the time [of the Raines knock] he was a bit sick and sore. We have just got to take our time with him to make sure that he is right. By Friday we'll know and make a conservative decision.''
Scott said Selwood was fortunate to be cleared by the match review panel and cautioned the captain about repeating the experience.
''If he puts himself in this situation again, then we all need to ask questions ofourselves,'' he said.
But Selwood already knows he did the wrong thing and has vowed to better control his reactions.
''He has been on the front foot with me and the rest of the team this week,'' Scott said. ''[He knows] he put himself in a vulnerable position with the match review panel and was fortunate to get away with it.
''He's going to be defended really aggressively every single week because he is such a good player. [But] he needs to make a slight adjustment to how he reacts to defensive players … [and] reacts accordingly and within the rules and the spirit of the game.''
An ankle injury has ruled Mathew Stokes out of the clash with the Demons. Scott hinted that veteran defender David Wojcinski might be recalled to play his 200th AFL game.
A foot injury has sidelined Wojcinski from the seniors, but he has managed solid performances in the VFL in the past two weeks.
''I would expect him to be in our 25, that's for sure,'' Scott said. ''But we haven't had our main [training] session yet, so that can change things significantly.''
Midfielder James Kelly, who has missed the past fortnight with a groin injury, as well as Mitch Brown and Orren Stephenson, who have both had stints in the VFL, are likely inclusions, Scott said.
''We have a couple of other guys that we'd like to think are pushing really hard for selection,'' he said.
''Mitch Brown kicked nine [goals] on the weekend [and] Orren Stephenson played really well as a ruckman.''