Geelong is confident triple premiership star Paul Chapman will be fit to return from a persistent hamstring injury this week in the VFL despite suffering another setback at training.
Cats VFL coach Matthew Knights has denied speculation that Chapman had strained his other hamstring and said the club simply erred on the side of caution by withdrawing him from Friday night's win against Collingwood at Simonds Stadium.
"From my knowledge, it's just his own body generally, he just felt a bit tight," Knights said.
"It's certainly nothing significant. He's been so patient and done so much rehab that if he wasn't 100 per cent, we're just never going to take the risk. I saw him today [Friday] and he was pretty positive, so that suggests hopefully it's sooner rather than later that he plays."
Knights said he hoped that Chapman would be fit enough to return for Sunday's clash against Sandringham at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.
Knights also suggested that the club is taking a conservative approach with the return of former Melbourne defender Jared Rivers to the AFL.
Rivers, who played his second VFL match on Friday night on return from a knee injury, performed well in defence as he lined up against Magpie Quinten Lynch.
Meanwhile, Carlton forward Dylan Buckley suffered a shoulder injury in the final term while playing for the Northern Blues on Saturday.
Blues development coach Luke Webster said Buckley, who came back onto the ground for two minutes after the injury, would have scans this week to determine the extent of the damage.
Mitch Robinson starred for the Blues with 31 disposals to be in the mix for a recall against Gold Coast next week.
Rookie Nick Graham also continued his brilliant form in the VFL with 33 disposals, while Troy Menzel kicked two goals to go with his 18 disposals.
Hawks midfielder Jed Anderson got through unscathed with Box Hill in his return from a hamstring injury.