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Star quintet could all return for Cats

13/04/2010 05:00:02 PM Comments (0)

Geelong coach Mark Thompson has no problem with making five changes to his AFL side for Sunday's clash against Port Adelaide given a handful of his best players could all be available.

Forward Cameron Mooney and fullback Matthew Scarlett have served suspensions, and half-forward Max Rooke (knee), defender Darren Milburn (hamstring) and ruckman Brad Ottens (knee) are recovering from injuries.

"If you bring in five players who deserve a game, it's no problem at all if they're better than the ones who are in the team," Thompson said on Tuesday.

"Obviously we didn't have our best game on the weekend, so you probably think that if Scarlett, Mooney, Ottens, Rooke and Milburn were available, they'd probably deserve a game."

The premiership quintet all missed the defeat to Fremantle on Sunday.

Mooney appears the only player certain to return to play the Power at Skilled Stadium, as Scarlett was troubled by a back problem after the round-two win over Hawthorn before he was suspended.

Geelong goalsneak Mathew Stokes will also return to the field this weekend, in the VFL, after serving the first part of his club-imposed suspension for being arrested on a charge of drug trafficking.

"He's back playing in the VFL for four matches, and good on him," Thompson said.

"We're supporting him 100 per cent, and I'm sure he's going to play really well.

"He's a different guy, he's got a steely determination about what he does.

"I think he'll be an unbelievable VFL player and he'll force his way back into the (senior) team in round eight - no question about that."

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