Joel Selwood of the Cats is carried from the ground after sustaining an injury against the Swans in round 20.
Joel Selwood of the Cats is carried from the ground after sustaining an injury against the Swans in round 20. JULIAN SMITH

Joel Selwood cleared to begin training, says medico

JOEL Selwood has been given the all-clear to train ahead of next week's qualifying final, according to sports medico Peter Larkins.

Selwood will have to defy medical history to get back in six weeks after surgery on a high-ankle sprain known as syndesmosis.

But Larkins told 5AA Radio the Geelong star was given the tick-off by his surgeon David Young to begin training.

The Cats are expected to do some match simulation training on Saturday as they try to improve their record after byes.

They take on Richmond on Friday week in front of a crowd that could be as large as 90,000.

"He is a very good chance to play. I will give you a scoop. He has just had a meeting with his surgeon who gave him the all-clear to train," respected medico Larkins said.

"That is really ahead of time. By Friday week's game it will be just short of five weeks. He has done really well and he is going to be training in the lead-up to the first final.

"Stay tuned to see that he is picked to play. That would be a really quick return for him."

Larkins believes James Parsons is unlikely to play in that clash because of a medial ligament sprain in his ankle.

That could see him miss three or more weeks, a blow given his impressive form.

"They will probably lose James Parsons with a medial ankle sprain but the Cats will be looking to see if Joel can play well next week," Larkins said.

Selwood's brother Scott said this month Joel's plan was always to try to train next Saturday ahead of a first final.

Joel Selwood said last week he would have setbacks in the next two weeks but was keen to play.

"It's a touch and go thing from here," he said.

"We'll have some sessions where we go really well and I'm sure I'll have a hiccup along the way at some stage but I don't plan on it putting me back too far."

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