HENTY big man Jamarl O’Sullivan is no certainty to play in Saturday’s blockbuster preliminary final against Holbrook.
O’Sullivan was an early casualty for the Swampies against Brock-Burrum in last week’s second semi-final when he was left dazed after landing heavily in a marking contest.
He left the ground in the hands of trainers and spent the remainder of the match on the sidelines.
The Azzi medallist missed the Swampies second semi-final last year after injuring his knee in the final home and away match.
O’Sullivan played in the decider against Osborne with his knee heavily strapped and underwent a knee reconstruction after the grand final.
Swampies coach Brent Piltz said O’Sullivan faced a race against the clock to prove his fitness in time for the do-or-die clash at Walbundrie Sportsground.
“I wouldn’t say he is a certain starter yet,” Piltz said yesterday.
“But as you saw last year it takes a fair bit to keep him out of a final.
“He didn’t train on Tuesday night and his neck is still pretty sore.
“He is improving as the week goes on and hopefully he will be right come Saturday.”
Piltz said losing O’Sullivan in the opening five minutes against Brock-Burrum caused a major re-shuffle of the Swampies line-up.
“When you have got a player of his calibre you certainly structure a fair bit around him,” he said.
“He is fairly versatile and can play key forward or run through the midfield and losing him early hurt our structures.”
Piltz said Peter Flood, Nathaniel Stroh and Jack McCallum would all come under consideration at selection tonight.