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Ottens out in latest blow for Cats

By Sam Lienert 16/06/2005 08:46:10 PM Comments (0)

Geelong has lost key forward Brad Ottens in a huge blow for the already undermanned Cats ahead of Sunday's AFL match against Brisbane at the Gabba.

Ottens strained his groin in last Sunday's nail-biting win over Adelaide at Skilled Stadium, in what has proved to be a very costly victory for the club.

"He just pulled up sore after the weekend," football operations manager Garry Davidson said.

"He'll miss the match and he should be right to go after the bye."

The Cats also lost fellow forward Henry Playfair, who suffered a broken jaw against the Crows, while midfielder Corey Enright is out after straining his knee in the same match.

Geelong was already missing Steve Johnson (ankle) and David Johnson (hamstring).

Captain Steven King, with a calf strain, is also under an injury cloud, as is key defender Tom Harley, who is battling hamstring tendonitis, although both were named in a 25-man squad for Sunday's game.

The Lions have named midfielder Nigel Lappin, who has missed the past three matches with knee tendonitis, in their squad, along with Chris Scott and Darryl White.

Carlton surprised by axing last year's best and fairest David Teague and fellow defender Luke Livingston from the side to play the Western Bulldogs in Darwin on Saturday night.

Courageous defender Teague, who joined the club from the Kangaroos last season, has played all 34 possible premiership season matches since joining the Blues.

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