Chapman could possibly miss more matches given his history of hamstring and back injuries. In other news, Daniel Kerr and Dean Cox of West Coast look very unlikely to return this season and Michael Jamison of Carlton could also miss the season with a chronic groin injury after being a late withdrawal from the previous 2 matches.
Paul Chapman to miss two weeks for Geelong
Jay Clark, Scott Gullan | August 04, 2009 01:10pm
UPDATE 2:35pm: MARK Thompson has confirmed Paul Chapman could miss two weeks with a hamstring injury.
As exclusively revealed by heraldsun.com.au today, Chapman will definitely miss Friday night's clash with Carlton after hurting his left leg in the first quarter of the Cats' two-point win over Adelaide at the weekend.
The hard-nut small forward played on - kicking a career-best six goals - and after the game thought he would be able to play this week, but Thompson said today the Cats were being extremely cautious, so he was likely to miss 1-2 weeks.
The injury to Geelong's most in-form forward is another cruel blow to a team already missing some of its biggest-name players.
Key defenders Matthew Scarlett (groin) and Harry Taylor (groin) are both likely to sit out another week, while ruckman Brad Ottens may be forced to spend another fortnight in the VFL after making his comeback from a knee injury at the weekend.
Chapman has a history of hamstring injuries and is unlikely to be risked by the cautious Cats.
The 27-year-old is having one of his best seasons and single-handedly saved the Cats from defeat against the Crows booting two mercurial final-term goals at Skilled Stadium.
Chapman has kicked 27 majors this year and is averaging 28 possessions a game.
He is in strong contention for his first All-Australian guernsey.