LAVINGTON star Adam Butler has escaped serious injury from Sunday’s sickening collision at John Foord Oval.
Butler was given the green light after undergoing X-rays on his neck following dramatic scenes in the dying minutes of the first semi-final against Wangaratta Rovers.
The match was abandoned with five minutes remaining while Butler, pictured, was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Club president Peter Barwick said yesterday Butler was recovering well from the incident, which sent a hush around the ground as he lay motionless on the turf.
“The X-rays and everything have come back all clear,” Barwick said.
“He’s a bit sore of course, but he will be OK.
“He wasn’t well for a while there and thankfully he’s making a good recovery.”
Butler is unlikely to play in this weekend’s preliminary final against Albury at Wangaratta’s Norm Minns Oval after teammates near the incident said he was knocked out.
Panther assistant-coach Matt Pendergast will be pressing for a recall following a hamstring injury but also remained in serious doubt for the knock-out final.
The good news for the Panthers is Murray Bushrangers’ speedster Michael Gibbons is set to be called up following a week off with an ankle injury.
Albury also faces the prospect of making changes, with rugged forward Josh Maher injuring his knee in Saturday’s loss to Yarrawonga at Bunton Park.
Maher left the field after colliding with a Pigeon player but returned to play out the match.
Young forward Will Haberecht received a heavy knock to his back in the final quarter and is expected to undergo a fitness test later this week.
The Tigers will regain suspended forward Andy Carey.