Cats star Gary Ablett is a good chance to return this week after spending three weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury. The champion midfield is expected to line up against the bottom of the ladder Demons on Friday night despite the Cats having almost sewed up top spot.

Ablett rolled his right ankle in round 15’s win over Fremantle and has been out of the side ever since. Geelong coach Mark Thompson said he’s a very good chance to play after getting the all clear from the medical staff.

“He trained last night (Tuesday) and got through with the group, so that’s a real positive, and he’s pulled up well this morning,” he said.

“So he’s got a bit more training to do tomorrow morning. He’s probably about a 90 per cent chance (to play).”

Paul Chapman and David Wojcinski are still likely to miss but the Cats are hopeful that they with both get up next week.

“Chappy’s going to play next week,” Thompson said.

Speedster David Wojcinski has missed the last three matches with an achilles injury and although he won’t play this week has shown significant improvement.

“He’ll probably miss one more and play the following week,” Thompson said.

“This week it’s shown a lot of improvement but up until then it hadn’t really improved at all, so we’re pretty optimistic he’ll play next week.”