Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield will miss multiple weeks of action after suffering a calf issue in Saturday's win over Port Adelaide.
The Cats are set to place their veteran midfielder through a training block in the weeks to come, likely placing Dangerfield out of selection equations until after the club's Round 13 bye.
Dangerfield was subbed out of the Port Adelaide clash in the final quarter, with the club taking a conservative approach after the Brownlow medallist battled a calf cork earlier this season and missed two games due to the ailment.
"It is likely that a couple of weeks of training now would better serve Pat and provide the conditioning base required for the remainder of the season," Geelong's head of medical and conditioning services Harry Taylor told the club's website.
"Our medical and performance team are continuing to monitor Pat’s status."
Geelong are scheduled to face Adelaide on Saturday at Kardinia Park, before a Friday night bout with 2021 grand finalists the Western Bulldogs in Round 12 prior to their bye.
The Cats could welcome the returns of pair Rhys Stanley and Quinton Narkle for their affair with the Crows, with the duo having been late withdrawals from last weekend.
Stanley and Narkle will need to prove their fitness this week ahead of selection as they continue to nurse ankle injuries.
"Rhys and Quinton were given every opportunity to play against Port Adelaide but unfortunately didn’t tick off the relevant medical and conditioning tests prior to the game," Taylor said.
"They will continue with their reconditioning programs and will be assessed later in the week."
Incumbent duo Sam Menegola (knee) and Jack Henry (foot) remain out of the selection frame as they continue their respective recuperations, while Esava Ratugolea (ankle) and Max Holmes (ankle) are still on the mend following surgery.
Veteran Shaun Higgins is continuing to battle with his fitness, having missed the past fortnight under general soreness.
The former Roo may be in line for selection this weekend, with Higgins still needing to prove his fitness however.
Geelong are scheduled to host Adelaide at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday at 1:45pm AEST.