WANGARATTA young gun Patrick Eefting has broken his leg and won’t play again this year.
The promising teenager was playing what his coach described as “his best game by a mile” before suffering the injury in a tackle against Lavington.
Mark Knobel said the Pies wouldn’t rush Eefting back.
“It looks a 10-week injury but you’d think so,” Knobel said when asked if Eefting’s season was finished.
“We’ll let him recover.
“It’s really disappointing because the weekend was his best game by an absolute mile.
“He was really starting to step up and play good footy.”
It only adds to the Pies’ injury woes.
Kade Surrey (shoulder) is done for the year, with Michael Bordignon (hip), Aaron Braden (ankle) and recruit Beau Wheeler (ankle) also facing long stints on the sidelines. Dylan Van Berlo is also out of action.
In other injury news, Corowa-Rutherglen recruit Michael Kinsella will almost certainly miss Saturday’s crunch clash with North Albury after suffering an ankle injury in the Roos’ 19-point win over Wangaratta Rovers at the weekend.
Mick Collins (ribs) and Damien Wilson (head knock) missed Saturday’s victory and are likely to sit out again this week.
In better news for the Roos, James Brain should return from knee surgery before the bye.
Albury’s Matt Shir is still battling Achilles problems but remains hopeful of a late return.