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AFL Injury Wrap R19: Will Josh Kennedy play against the Cats?

Both Geelong and Sydney have injury concerns ahead of Friday’s blockbuster at Simonds Stadium, including gun Sydney midfielder Josh Kennedy.

Kennedy’s 200th game against Hawthorn last Friday was ruined by a hamstring injury which saw him sit out large parts of the second half of the match.

He will have scans early this week to determine the extent of any damage, having returned and played through the injury, albeit with heavy restriction.

It was the first time since Round 21, 2014 that he has had fewer than 20 possessions in a game of football.

The Swans lost Gary Rohan (back) and Jake Lloyd (hip) shortly before the game and both of them face a race against time to be fit, while Sam Naismith (knee) and Callum Sinclair (ankle) both received knocks during the game and will be assessed.

Geelong have their fair share of headaches with the conjecture of whether Patrick Dangerfield will be suspended.

On the injury front, Nakia Cockatoo looks to have re-injured his troublesome hamstring and having missed six games because of hammy problems, could be set for a spell on the sidelines again.

Melbourne’s Jesse Hogan is another player who has had a difficult year and his season is likely over after he broke his collarbone in the narrow loss to North Melbourne.

Hogan had surgery on Sunday and would need the Dees to go deep into the finals to feature again.

North spearhead Jarrad Waite also picked up a calf injury in that match and he will again be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks.

Promising Fremantle youngster Connor Blakely twice dislocated his shoulder in the loss to the Giants, and will be assessed this week with a view to whether he needs surgery to correct the problem.

Gold Coast had a shocking run of injuries in the game against Richmond with Callum Ah Chee and Alex Sexton both concussed while Ben Ainsworth has a medial collateral ligament injury in his knee and will miss at least three weeks.

There are also concerns over Jarrod Witts (foot) and Brayden Fiorini (hamstring).

Those injuries came after Gary Ablett again withdrew from the Suns’ side with a hamstring injury,

Three players who will be assessed for concussion this week after weekend incidents, Carlton’s Matthew Kreuzer, GWS’s Will Setterfield and Hawthorn’s Blake Hardwick.

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