RUGGED Albury forward Josh Maher’s season is in danger of being derailed again with a knee injury placing him in doubt for Sunday’s preliminary final against Lavington at Norm Minns Oval.
Maher pulled up sore after taking a heavy knock at the weekend with his brother and Tiger co-coach Daniel Maher conceding yesterday he was racing against time to be fit for the knock-out final.
“He’s got some swelling on his knee, but it’s too early to call either way,” Maher said.
“There is no structural damage so he’s still in the mix.
“We’ll give him every chance to come up and the extra day off will come in handy.”
Maher left the ground immediately after colliding with a Yarrawonga player in the second semi-final at Bunton Park last Saturday but returned minutes later to allay fears over the seriousness of the problem.
The injury is another cruel setback with the All-Australian managing only 12 matches this year after he broke his hand against Lavington in round 10 at the Albury Sportsground.
Youngster Will Haberecht was the other injury concern of the match after Yarrawonga’s Brendan Fevola crashed into his back late in the match.
Albury will regain forward Andy Carey from suspension while Matt Fowler and Sam Cross loom as possible replacements for Maher and Haberecht after turning in strong performances in the reserves last weekend.
Lavington has its own selection dilemmas with Adam Butler in doubt after a heavy knock to his neck and Matt Pendergast set to miss again with a hamstring problem.