Options for Geelong in monster AFL clash

Geelong coach Chris Scott is weighing up selection options for the Cats' AFL clash with Hawthorn.
Geelong coach Chris Scott is weighing up selection options for the Cats' AFL clash with Hawthorn.

Charlie Constable is out, Zach Tuohy is close and Cam Guthrie is probably in as Geelong coach Chris Scott continues to fine-tune his line-up for the Easter Monday blockbuster clash with Hawthorn.

The Cats don't have to trim their extended squad for the big game until Sunday afternoon, but Scott told reporters on Good Friday that Guthrie would likely replace young star Constable.

"Charlie will be managed this week ... he's a young player who we need to get through the season so that was a priority for us," Scott said.

"It was either going to be last week or this week, and it's not a reflection of his performance because he's been going really well."

If selected, Guthrie will play his first game of the season after being slowed by a calf injury.

Tuohy will play in the VFL after his preparation was interrupted by knee surgery.

"His preparation has been such that we really think the best thing for him is to play in the VFL, but it was a live possibility that we could bring him straight back," Scott said.

"That would indicate that we think it's going to be a small stint in the VFL.

"Whether it's one or two (games), I don't really see it being longer than that."

Both teams are coming off close losses, the Cats a four-point thriller to GWS and the Hawks a five-point heart-breaker to St Kilda.

Regardless of ladder position or form over the years, the Easter Monday clash has become a must-watch fixture on the AFL calendar.

"We don't need to go to too much effort to manufacture some excitement and some enthusiasm for the game," Scott said.

"We know Easter Monday's on the calendar every year and it's taken on more importance over the last decade or so because the two teams have generally been contenders.

"I think we're both hoping that that's the case this year, but that's all it is at the moment - early-season hope.

"There's enough evidence there to think that both teams can be formidable at their best, and it's a great occasion."

Australian Associated Press