The Cats have been without a number of key players throughout the middle parts of the season, most notably of all, Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield, who hasn't played since Round 10 due to a calf injury.

However, Geelong Head of Medical and Conditioning Harry Taylor declared that the dangerous midfielder is set to return in time for a Saturday blockbuster against the Tigers.

“Patrick is continuing his reconditioning program,” Taylor told the club's website.

“He has completed a number of high-intensity sessions and will look to be available for this weekend.”

Meanwhile, fellow veterans Gary Rohan and Shaun Higgins appear to be available for selection once again.

Since last playing in Round 7, Higgins has been constantly revamping his training program to get himself right for the latter parts of the season.

According to Taylor, "Shaun has completed a solid reconditioning program and will look to be available for this weekend."

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31: Shaun Higgins of the Cats leads out the Cats during the round 20 AFL match between North Melbourne Kangaroos and Geelong Cats at Blundstone Arena on July 31, 2021 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Multiple players made a return to the Cats VFL team this week for their clash against Werribee, including small forward Max Holmes, star defender Jack Henry, key forward Esava Ratugolea and youngster Nick Stevens.

All four players got through the game unscathed and appear likely to make imminent returns to the AFL side should they get selected.

“Max, Jack, Esava and Nick all played VFL on the weekend and have pulled up well after playing managed minutes v Werribee," Taylor said.

Max Holmes was Geelong's best player on Saturday boasting numbers of 21 disposals, 8 inside 50s, 5 clearances and 10 tackles.

In the meantime, talented midfielder Brandan Parfitt is elevating his training after suffering a broken hand in the Cats win against the Bulldogs in Round 12.

“Brandan is progressing through his reconditioning program, with an increased running volume focus, whilst his hand remains in a splint for the short term.”

Their opponents Richmond will welcome back three-time Norm Smith medallist and Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin from illness.

However, they will be likely to be without Noah Balta, Trent Cotchin and Robbie Tarrant, who all sustained injuries against the Blues last Thursday night.

It looms to be a massive clash for the Cats in their quest for their fourth top four finish in a row.

Geelong will host Richmond at the MCG at 4:35pm (AEST) on Saturday.