Geelong coach does not exclude young Cat from the grand final despite hamstring injury

Geelong coach Chris Scott remains confident Max Holmes can return in next Saturday’s Grand Final.

The young Cat was visibly upset after he appeared to have suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter of Geelong’s monstrous 71-point preliminary win over Brisbane.

Although his dream for the Grand Final was almost over after stumbling off the MCG, Scott is still confident the 20-year-old has a chance to play in next week’s showpiece.

“It’s not like an injury will absolutely rule him out,” Scott told reporters after the game.

“They haven’t given me any details yet, except that they are optimistic he will play. It didn’t look like that to me, so that made a good night better.”

“I went down (to the rooms) thinking the worst, but I bounced out of the rooms.

“It’s not certain, but the quality of our medical staff, when they say they’re optimistic, puts me on my toes.

“I don’t have all the information, I just trust the medics.”

Holmes was a revelation for Geelong, playing 18 games in his second season at AFL level.

Geelong will face Sydney or Collingwood in the grand final on Saturday afternoon.

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