WODONGA’S nightmare injury run is bordering on the ridiculous, with young forward McKye Turner in a moonboot and unlikely to play again for two months.
Turner has tendonitis in his left foot, which blew up in last week’s shock loss to North Albury.
Wodonga coach Ben Hollands said the talented youngster was all but certain to join the likes of Matt Seiter, Chris Macey and Sam Livingstone on the Bulldogs’ long-term injury list.
It gets worse, with Tom Wortmann likely to miss a month with ankle troubles.
“We’ve lost McKye for probably eight weeks and Tom Wortmann could be a month, as well,” Hollands said.
“We just keep having to find more troops.”
The Bulldogs have had about a dozen senior players unavailable in the opening rounds because of injury and it’s for that reason Hollands is refusing to concede Wodonga’s finals hopes just yet.
The Bulldogs are yet to win a game and face the prospect of sitting at 0-3, should they lose to Wodonga Raiders today.
“We’ve still got a lot of guys to come back into the side,” Holland said.
“They’ll take a bit of time to settle in.
“Tyrone Price will play his first game for the year this week and Jake Hicks played his first last week.
“We’ve got no doubt over the next few weeks we’ll be better.”
Hollands said it wasn’t just injury that had troubled Wodonga in the early stages of the season.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but I don’t think the split round in the first round of the season helped us, either,” he said.
“It was a real stop-start period.
“To play your first game and then have the week off, you can lose a bit of momentum, especially for a young group.”