INJURY-plagued Wangaratta Rovers star Jamie Sheahan says he is still no certainty to play in Sunday’s elimination final against North Albury at Myrtleford.
Sheahan, one of the Ovens and Murray’s premier midfielders, hasn’t played for the Hawks since round 9 because of nagging quad problems.
“I’m looking at things optimistically and hopefully I can get out there and help the team in some way,” Sheahan said.
“It’s pretty frustrating, to be honest.
“One minute it feels right, then not right.
“There’s no real indication of when something’s up, either. You’ll run around fine and then aggravate it with something as simple as a kick.
“It’s not like a hamstring where it will tighten up.”
Sheahan admitted he was fed up of sitting on the sidelines.
The star midfielder was one of the favourites for the Morris Medal before his injury setback which flared while warming up for the Hawks’ clash with Myrtleford on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June.
He played that game but hasn’t played since.
“It’s been pretty hard,” Sheahan said.
“When it happened I thought it would be a setback for a couple of weeks at worst but I’ve missed half the season.
“I’ve been training pretty hard the past few weeks but it’s just not 100 per cent.”
The Hoppers have injury concerns of their own with coach Jason Akermanis suffering hamstring tightness and key midfielder Matt McDonald still troubled by a groin strain he suffered in the loss to Corowa-Rutherglen.
Dangerous forward Kane Godde hasn’t played since round 15.
All three, however, are considered strong chances to play this week.