Lachie Henderson of the Cats celebrates after the Cats defeated the Eagles during the round seven AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles at Simonds Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Lachie Henderson ruled out of qualifying final clash with Hawthorn

Geelong defender Lachie Henderson will not play in Friday night’s qualifying final against Hawthorn.

Henderson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following Geelong’s win over Brisbane in Round 22.

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The Cats had hoped Henderson would be available to play in the first week of the finals, however, Fox Footy’s Jake Niall has reported that he has been unable to regain full fitness and Geelong has opted not to risk the 26-year-old.

Full teams for week one of the finals will be released at around 6.25pm on Thursday evening.


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  1. Not exactly a surprise or a huge blow. On a wet night and against Hawthorn’s small forwards, Bews might be a better option anyway. One of the bigger backs was bound to be rested. A backline of Bews, Lonergan, Taylor, Enright, Mackie and Kolojashnij with someone like Guthrie or Cowan watching a small mid-forward will be a better match up.

    • Haha. Bit timid ya reckon? I reckon there gunna put bews in, tell Him to ensure hes employed next year, hes gotta break sizzles jaw n cop the 12 weeks. Then we’ll get yaz.

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