Stokes has been ruled out for two-to-eight weeks after suffering an ankle injury.
In-form Geelong midfielder Matthew Stokes could be out of AFL action for an extended period after suffering an ankle injury during the Cats’ shock 40-point loss to Gold Coast on Saturday.
Stokes has been one of Geelong’s most consistent midfielders this season, and his loss will come as a huge blow to the Chris Scott’s side.
“That’s a reasonably significant ankle issue, so he certainly won’t play this week,” Scott said.
“The long-term prognosis is a bit more uncertain.”
Geelong’s medical staff fear that Stokes could be out for a month or more, though Scott wouldn’t speculate on an exact return date.
“They’re telling us somewhere between two and eight (weeks),” Scott said.
“It won’t be eight. It’ll be more than one.”
The Cats are unsure whether Hamish McIntosh will play in Friday night’s clash against Essendon after being seen in a moonboot after the loss to Gold Coast, but are confident George Horlin-Smith and Harry Taylor will be available for selection.