Geelong's premiership hopes person been dealt a large stroke with dual All-Australian defender Tom Stewart reportedly acceptable to miss the remainder of the play with his ft injury.
After initially being named successful Chris Scott's broadside to look St Kilda, Stewart was a precocious withdrawal aft suffering an wounded astatine grooming connected Thursday.
According to a study from The Age, Geelong fears Stewart has suffered the dreaded Lisfranc wounded successful his foot, which usually requires a lengthy betterment play that would spot him miss his team's finals campaign.
Stewart is not the lone subordinate of Geelong's backmost six to beryllium deed with an wounded blow, with halfback Zach Tuohy expected to beryllium sidelined until the finals bid with a hamstring injury.
The blows to some Stewart and Tuohy means Scott's broadside is warring injuries connected each fronts heading into a finals run wherever they are 1 of the favourites to instrumentality retired the premiership.
Jeremy Cameron missed six weeks aft suffering a hamstring wounded successful Round 16, portion chap guardant Gryan Miers has a fractured limb and midfielder Mitch Duncan is recovering from a genu injury.
Former Melbourne skipper Garry Lyon said helium expected the Cats to "struggle" successful Stewart's absence, with Nick Riewoldt besides acrophobic astir the interaction of the wounded connected different injured Cats stars.
"I deliberation the Cats would conflict if [Stewart is retired for the season]," helium told Fox Footy.
"It besides puts Mitch Duncan nether unit to get back," Riewoldt added. "He is racing the clock."