LAVINGTON star Adam Prior will miss Saturday’s blockbuster against Yarrawonga.
The three-time Doug Strang medallist, who booted 11 goals in the Ovens and Murray’s record breaking win over the Hampden league just over a week ago, could be out for a month after suffering medial damage in Saturday’s win over Wangaratta.
He hurt his knee in the dying stages of the Panthers’ nine-point win over the Pies.
It’s a massive blow for Lavington as it butters up to challenge another league heavyweight following a disappointing showing against Albury in round 5.
“He’ll miss this week,” Lavington coach James Saker said.
“The early thought is it will be two to three.
“We’ll be very cautious with him and make sure it’s right.
“It doesn’t seem too serious at this stage but if it doesn’t progress, we’ll get scans.”
Prior has kicked 27 goals in seven games after joining the Panthers via North Albury in controversial circumstances over the summer.
His absence could be pivotal as Lavington looks to make a statement against the reigning premier.
However, in a boost, Myles Aalbers is likely to return from an ankle problem in time for Saturday’s clash at J.C. Lowe Oval.
Saker said the livewire utility would have to train fully this week to play.
Justin Koschitzke starred with five goals on the weekend and will front up again this week.
“Kosi will back up,” Saker said.
“He was quite good on Saturday.
“It’s not ideal losing Adam but that’s footy, isn’t it?
“We’ve been able to share the load this year and haven’t had a reliance on one player.”
Lavington sits third on the ladder after seven rounds but could jump the Pigeons into second place with a win this weekend.
Yarrawonga was pushed all the way by a brave North Albury at Bunton Park on Saturday.
The Pigeons won by 14 points.