LAVINGTON will sweat on the fitness of Matt Pendergast for the rest of the finals after the star midfielder’s hamstring gave way in the qualifying final at Birallee Park.
Pendergast, who missed Lavington’s final-round clash at Wodonga, entered the contest under an injury cloud and failed to run the game out.
He sat out almost the entire second half.
Panthers’ coach James Saker said the club would know more this week but admitted it didn’t look promising.
“I think he might have stirred it up,” he said.
“It didn’t look great.
“We’ll have to assess it and see what we’re doing, moving forward.”
Tough utility Luke Brauer was a late withdrawal on Saturday due to calf soreness but Saker assured he’d be fit to play in Sunday’s knockout semi-final.
“His calf hadn’t quite come up from the ground last week,” Saker said.
“He wasn’t quite right.
“He made a really gutsy call and it’s turned out to be the right one, for him.
Yarrawonga star Xavier Leslie also withdrew pre-game.
Pigeons’ co-coach Chris Kennedy said the midfielder, battling an ankle injury, would return for Saturday’s second semi-final against Albury.
Steve McKee fell across Leslie’s leg in the final home and away match.