HENTY midfield maestro Heath Ohlin faces a race against time to be fit for the Swampies’ second semi-final clash against Brock-Burrum.
Ohlin was forced to missed the Swampies final home and away match against Culcairn on the weekend after injuring his knee the previous week against Holbrook.
Last year’s grand finalists enjoy this weekend off after finishing second on the ladder but Ohlin admitted he was no certainty to play the following week.
“I have got a bit of a niggle in the knee and took last week off to give it two weeks’ rest before our first final,” Ohlin said.
“I have been to the physio and the diagnosis is a tear to the meniscus.
“It’s usually a two- to three-week injury .
“So it’s going to be touch and go if I will recover in time.”
Ohlin’s absence would hit the Swampies’ chances of taking the direct route into the grand final.
The damaging midfielder finished runner-up behind Simon Hillier in the best and fairest count and has been consistent since joining the Swampies in 2011.
Azzi medallist Jamarl O’Sullivan made a welcome return to the line-up against Culcairn and emerged unscathed after missing three weeks with a groin complaint.
Veteran spearhead Jason Brown also missed last weekend after injuring his shoulder against Holbrook.
Brown is expected to be fit to take on the Saints and has played well up forward after full-forward Ryan Hon suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in round 12.
Utility Grant Gardiner has also been ruled out for the rest of the season with a back complaint.