LAST year’s star player Shannon Foden will miss the local derby between Albury United and Albury City tomorrow.
United will again go to its youth to cover the losses of not only Foden, but Mel Corcoran as well.
“They are two pretty big outs,” coach Daniel Foden said.
“We hoped the couple of weeks off would give them the opportunity to be fit for this week but that won’t be the case.
“Corcoran will need at least another week with a torn adductor muscle, while Shannon will miss at least three with bursitis in her hip.
“So, like we have done all year, you bring the young ones through and hopefully they will be rearing to go.”
The Jelbart Park training neighbours are locked on 25 points in equal fourth — six points adrift of top spot.
But Foden said there was a yawning gap between the top three and the group of three that includes City and United.
“Diamonds’ loss last week has thrown a spanner in the works — but I still think them, Lavington and Boomers are the title contenders and then there is a group including us, City and Myrtleford,” he said.
“Probably you would have called that at the start of the season but for me right now there is a gulf between the second three and the leading three.”