Geelong coach Chris Scott is confident Mitch Duncan will have no case to answer for a flying elbow that could sideline Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge with a broken arm.
Duncan was reported for the bump in the final term of Monday’s 30-point win over the Hawks, with Hodge leaving the field to have ice applied to his right forearm after the clash.
Despite the possible consequences for Hodge, Scott was confident the AFL match review panel would throw out the report.
“I’ll preface what I’m about to say by saying that we haven’t looked at it exhaustively, but we’ve got no concerns over that – no concerns at all,” Scott told reporters immediately after the game.
“In fact, if you asked Hodgey, I think he would say that he should have no concerns either.
“If that’s reportable, Luke Hodge would have been reported 50 times in his career.”
Hodge went straight from the MCG to hospital for X-rays and will consult with club doctors on Tuesday to decide if surgery is necessary.
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson wasn’t optimistic Hodge would get a favourable report from his medical staff.
“I would suggest it doesn’t look too good because he is a pretty fierce warrior and he doesn’t usually come off the ground,” Clarkson said.
“He was icing up after the game and was pretty sore, so we’ll just wait and see, but he is probably likely to miss a bit of footy, I reckon.
“Hopefully it’s not (broken) because if it’s not broken he’ll play next week, but as I said, he doesn’t usually come off the ground for an injury like that, so it must be pretty sore.”