Duncan on the mend after Mumford clash

Geelong midfielder Mitch Duncan is recovering well after being knocked out in the Cats’ surprise loss to Greater Western Sydney and should be fit to play Brisbane this weekend.

Duncan left the field dazed in the third quarter at Manuka Oval in Canberra after coming off second best in a bone-jarring collision with Giants ruckman Shane Mumford.

“He’s really good, he obviously wasn’t good enough to keep going which did speak to a bit of an issue there, but he’s recovered really well,” coach Chris Scott said on Wednesday.

“We’re a long way away from finalising our team but the indications are positive at the moment.”

Duncan, Daniel Menzel, Nakia Cockatoo – who has served a two-match suspension – and upgraded rookie defender Tom Ruggles are all in the selection mix for Sunday’s clash against the Lions at Simonds Stadium.

Scott said the Cats aren’t spooked after Sunday’s defeat but admits there were some startling figures to come out of the match.

A week after superstar recruit Patrick Dangerfield led the Cats to an eye-catching win over reigning premiers Hawthorn, Scott’s side came back to earth with a thud against the Giants in Canberra.

The final stats sheet made for grim reading for Scott, whose side were outpointed in a host of critical categories including clearances, contested possession, inside 50s and tackles.

“Six days prior (against the Hawks) it wasn’t (an issue) so we’re not jumping at shadows,” Scott said.

“The contested ball numbers were a bit inflated by the free kicks against … so it looks a bit different if you strip those out.

“But there are some clear things that we need to improve on.

“One week is not necessarily a pattern.”

Geelong were on the wrong side of a 23-10 free kick count against GWS but Scott said that it was up to his players to address some technical deficiencies to improve in that area.

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