MYRTLEFORD’S daunting task of facing Albury on the rebound could be about to get even tougher, with champion midfielder Brad Murray in some doubt to play on Saturday.
The Saints co-coach suffered bone bruising above his ankle against Corowa-Rutherglen at the weekend and sat out the second half of the nine-goal defeat.
He is still feeling the effects of being crunched in a marking contest and may need scans to see if there’s a break.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Murray said.
“If it doesn’t get any better, we might have to get an x-ray to make sure there isn’t a crack.
“It doesn’t feel too bad at the moment, though, and hopefully it pulls up all right.
“I tried to strap it but I just couldn’t move.”
The Saints travel to the Albury Sportsground this week to take on the Tigers.
The absence of Murray, who remains one of the Ovens and Murray’s premier players, would be a savage blow for the Saints after Saturday’s 54-point loss to the Roos.
Albury will be out to prove a point after losing its first game of the year to Lavington at the weekend.
Murray missed Myrtleford’s clash with the Tigers in round 6 because of a hamstring strain.
The midfield star conceded it “wasn’t ideal” to be running into the premiership favourite this week.
“You’d expect them to be pretty fired up, particularly playing at home,” Murray said.
“It’s a huge challenge for the boys because they’re a super side.
“We just have to go out there and play as well as we can for as long as we can to be in the contest.”