Cats ruckman Hamish McIntosh has been ruled out of his side’s do-or-die clash with the Kangaroos due to knee soreness.
Geelong have ruled ruckman Hamish McIntosh out of Friday’s semi-final against North Melbourne due to knee soreness.
McIntosh has been struggling to overcome to injury in the latter part of the season and put in a sub-par performance in the Cats’ qualifying final loss to the Hawks last Friday.
Geelong coach Chris Scott confirmed the news during a press conference on Tuesday morning.
“Hamish is sore and he won’t play this week,” Scott said.
“He’s had some knee issues previously, this is not related to those issues.
“This is a separate issue that he’s managed the last few weeks, he didn’t play our last home and away game.
“We were hopeful that that would be enough to have him in good shape for the finals series, but he just laboured too badly on that sore knee on the weekend so we’ve got to do something about it.
“We’re hopeful Hamish can go through a rehab plan over the next week and a half to get himself in a position, if we’re good enough to win Friday night, to play the following week.”
With both Dawson Simpson and Nathan Vardy out with long-term injuries, pressure will now be placed on Mark Blicavs to perform in the ruck role in the sudden-death clash.