Yarrawonga defender Brady Pritchard will undergo surgery on Tuesday after it was revealed he also broke his jaw in Sunday’s first semi.
Pritchard was originally told he had two fractures in his cheekbone, but there’s another, as well as a fracture on the top of the jaw.
“The surgeon said I needed surgery, in between a couple of fractures, the cheekbone’s concaved, it’s pressing on my sinuses a bit,” he said.
“He sees these injuries all the time from footy and he even said cricket balls can do that sort of damage in summer.
“He’s pretty confident it should be a pretty simple procedure for him, which is good.
“The jaw’s going to be OK, he reckons, but one of the fracture’s displaced.”
The 20-year-old suffered the injury when he and Lavington’s Luke Garland clashed heads as they charged for the ball in the third quarter.
His injury means the Pigeons are now three players short of their best team for Sunday’s preliminary final clash against Wangaratta at North Albury’s Bunton Park, along with Matt Gorman (knee) and Connor Hargreaves (unavailable).