LAVINGTON star Adam Prior says his knee injury is worse than first thought but hosed down speculation his season could be done and dusted.
The reigning Doug Strang medallist hasn’t played since hurting his medial ligament against Wangaratta in round 7.
Prior revealed he had in fact suffered a slight tear in the ligament, not just a strain as first thought.
“It’s a little bit worse than we thought,” Prior said ahead of Lavington’s clash with Myrtleford today.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure when I’ll be back but it’s been four weeks tomorrow.”
Prior, who will again sit out this afternoon, said he was confident of returning shortly after next week’s bye.
The Panthers host Wangaratta Rovers on July 12.
“That’s the aim,” Prior said.
“I’m back running straight lines at training, so we’ll see how it goes.
“The bye obviously helps a bit.
“If it’s not Rovers, then it should be the week after.”
Lavington will be desperate to regain its star signing in time for the round 14 blockbuster against Albury.
However, former AFL star Justin Koschitzke has more than filled the void.
Koschitzke has booted 20 goals in his past three outings.
He’ll also be missing today.
“He’s been going really good,” Prior said.
“Especially that day against Yarra.
“There’s been a fair few of us missing the last few weeks.”
Lavington looks set to regain veteran midfielder Matt Pendergast from a knee infection, while Sam Harris was a shock selection on Thursday night.
He suffered ligament damage in his ankle after landing awkwardly at training prior to the Panthers’ clash with Yarrawonga in round 8.
Veteran Lachlan Boyd plays game 150 for the Panthers today, while Myrtleford co-coach Leigh Corcoran returns from a three-game suspension to help lead his team.