Geelong’s Brandan Parfitt sent for hamstring surgery in Perth with his AFL season over

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Brandan Parfitt’s 2021 season is officially over.
Camera IconBrandan Parfitt’s 2021 season is officially over. Credit: Paul Kane/via AFL Photos

Geelong youngster Brandan Parfitt will take no further part in the Cats’ 2021 finals campaign after scans confirmed a high-grade hamstring tear.

The 23-year-old will instead undergo surgery in Perth later this week, ruling him out of the upcoming preliminary final with Melbourne and a possible grand final on September 25 at Optus Stadium.

In a statement, the Cats confirmed the decision to send Parfitt for surgery was made in consultation with specialists.

The youngster was subbed out of last Friday’s win over GWS in the first quarter after suffering the injury to his left hamstring.

It’s another blow for the Cats who are already without defender Tom Stewart.

Tom Stewart is in a race to be fit to play again in 2021.
Camera IconTom Stewart is in a race to be fit to play again in 2021. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos

But the club is yet to rule Stewart out from a potential grand final appearance, if they qualify, despite the advice of experts like Dr Peter Larkins.

“There’s nobody that’s played within a six-eight week period (after surgery), and he’s going to be 33 days after his surgery that he’d have to be named by Geelong without playing a game,” he said on SEN.

“As romantic as that sounds I don’t think it’s realistic.”

Stewart, named for his third All Australian jumper this season, underwent surgery on a lisfranc injury to his foot suffered at training last month but travelled with the team to Perth.

Larkins warned Stewart faced further damage to his foot if he elected to play.

“The danger for Tom to play is it won’t be repaired, it will be repairing, so the risk of it breaking again through the middle of his foot is extraordinarily high.”

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