Luckless star cops brutal injury blow

Geelong forward Jeremy Cameron will watch from the sidelines as his team fights for a top four finish, after scans from the weekend confirmed Cats fans’ worst fears.

A right hamstring injury has hampered Cameron’s first season as a Cat and club medical staff reported on Monday that the former Giant would spend “several weeks” out of the game recovering.

“Our medical and conditioning teams are working closely with Jeremy on his rehab program,” Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said in a statement.

“It will be a matter of monitoring how he progresses to then determine a timeline on his return to football.”

Despite experiencing tightness in his hamstring pre-game, Cameron took to the field against Essendon at GMHBA Stadium on Friday night.

However, shortly after he kicked his third major of the game, the injury became too much to handle.

The 28-year-old was subbed out in the second quarter and played no further part in the Cats’ 41-point win.

Cameron (L) joins the likes of Mitch Duncan and Jordan Clark in the Cats’ casualty ward. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Immediately after the game, coach Chris Scott said medical staff were confident Cameron’s injury wasn’t “significant”, but scans refuted those hunches.

The injury, first suffered at training in January, delayed Cameron’s club debut until round six of the season.

The Cats have yet to confirm the exact extent of Cameron’s lay-off, but fortunately for the top-four aspirants, their run home is not a taxing one.

Geelong meets only two sides currently in the top eight during the final seven rounds of the regular season.

However, clashes with mercurial defending premiers Richmond and Fremantle in Perth could still prove challenging if the side is not at full strength.

After 16 rounds, the Cats sit two games clear in fifth and are only one win behind the ladder leading Western Bulldogs.

Chris Scott’s side will joust with Port Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Bulldogs for a spot in the AFL’s top four.

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