Rhys Stanley
Cleared to play
RGeelong Cats
September 29, 2020
Stanley (groin) has been given the green light to play in Thursday's qualifying final versus Port Adelaide, Mitch Cleary of AFL Media (via the Cats' official site) reports.
Stanley had proven to be useful in the ruck for the Cats late in the season, collecting three goals, six marks and 44 hitouts over the last two contests. He should resume his duties in that role for the finals.
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Ruled out against Bombers
RGeelong Cats
September 5, 2020
Stanley (groin) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Bombers, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
With Stanley, Zach Tuohy (ribs) and Jack Steven (undisclosed) out, the Cats will need to call on some reserve. Josh Jenkins, Lachie Fogarty and Zach Guthrie will all enter the lineup Sunday.
Well-rounded effort Sunday
RGeelong Cats
August 24, 2020
Stanley amassed seven disposals (three kicks, four handballs), five tackles, two marks and two goals in Sunday's 65-37 victory over the Crows.
Stanley booted two majors to go with 25 hitouts as the Cats outclassed the Crows late on Sunday. He had kicked only four goals combined prior to Sunday and so this should be viewed as an outlier of a performance. After an extended period on the sidelines, Stanley is working his way back into game-shape and should continue to improve over the coming weeks.
Included for Round 10
RGeelong Cats
August 4, 2020
Stanley (knee) will return to the lineup for Round 10 versus North Melbourne, Tom Collings of the Cats' official site reports.
Stanley last took the field June 20 but will finally retake his spot as the team's ruck for Wednesday's clash. In his lone full game for the Cats this season, Stanley impressed with two goals, 14 disposals, 26 hitouts and three marks versus Hawthorn. He could be in line for another sizable showing this week.
Multi-week absence on tap
RGeelong Cats
June 30, 2020
Stanley (knee) is scheduled to miss the next 2-4 weeks but has started to run again after spraining his MCL, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
Stanley appears to have avoided major damage to the MCL, but it will keep him sidelined for up to a month depending on how quickly it heals. It's certainly a good sign that he's already begun running, though making cuts on the knee will be much more telling of his advancement in his rehab.
Out Round 4
RGeelong Cats
June 24, 2020
Stanley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's Round 4 match against Melbourne, AFLratings.com.au reports.
The 29-year-old picked up the knee injury during last week's 79-77 loss to Carlton and will miss at least one contest as a result. Stanley has no official timeline for his return, though senior coach Chris Scott said the team remains "hopeful it's not going to be too serious."