Geelong is set to regain three key players for its clash with Adelaide this Friday night.

Cats coach Chris Scott confirmed on Wednesday morning Andrew Mackie, Scott Selwood and Tom Stewart will all return to face the league's top side at Adelaide Oval.

Selwood, who has missed the past three weeks due to a hamstring injury, was a late withdrawal from last week's game against Hawthorn, after initially being named to make his return.

However, he is certain to play this week.

Meanwhile, defender, Tom Stewart, who has also missed the last three matches due to a fractured eye socket will also return this week and will wear a helmet to protect his eye.

"We expect Scott Selwood to play. He will travel. He was really close last week, it was precautionary more than anything," Scott said.

"We'll play Tom Stewart. There's no reason at all why he shouldn't play. He'll wear a helmet."

Three-time premiership defender Andrew Mackie will also come back into the side after he too was a late withdrawal last week due to a wrist injury.

However, Scott is still unsure whether star onballer Patrick Dangerfield will be fit to take on his former side.

"We probably won't make the final call regarding Dangerfield until the day of the game. He'll travel with us," he said.

"He'll train within his individual program today. I wouldn't have thought he'd do much.

"It will be a test [if Dangerfield does not play]. Clearly we rely on our best players, every team does."

Scott also revealed that young gun Nakia Cockatoo is not far away from returning from his latest hamstring setback.

"Nakia Cockatoo is close but not close enough to play this week. We've taken a much more conservative approach with him. We're just not prepared to risk the possibility that Cockatoo becomes a young player with a significant hamstring history."