LAVINGTON midfielder Sam Harris will miss Sunday’s knockout semi-final against Wangaratta Rovers — after having his appendix removed this week.
Harris, 25, fell ill on Sunday night after the Panthers lost to Yarrawonga in Saturday’s qualifying final.
He had surgery on Tuesday and was released from hospital yesterday.
“I felt flat Sunday night and couldn’t run on Monday,” Harris said.
“I got it checked and it went from there.
“Hopefully, the boys have a win this week and I should be right.
“It’s not the best timing but you can’t do much about it.”
The usual recovery time from surgery is a month but Harris hoped to be right for the preliminary final, should the Panthers win on Sunday.
Lavington expects to regain star forward Adam Flagg for the first semi-final at John Flower Oval.
Myles Aalbers and Jay Banks are also in the mix, with Banks resuming running this week after fracturing his leg less than a month ago.