Wangaratta has had a second star player ruled out with a wrist injury, ahead of Sunday’s home clash against fierce rivals, Wangaratta Rovers.
Early-season recruit Mitch Jensen suffered a hairline fracture of his wrist in last week’s 141-point demolition of Myrtleford.
It comes just a week after bustling on-baller Matt Kelly was ruled out for an extended period with a broken wrist.
Kelly is expected to find out on Friday how long he’ll be out, but he’s likely to miss most, if not all, of the Pies’ blockbusters, starting next weekend.
Jensen debuted in the pouring rain against Albury in round three and has kicked 12 goals in his six games, including four in a quarter against North Albury.
“It will keep him out for about two weeks,” Pies’ coach Dean Stone said.
“It was one of those ones that he didn’t realise until late that night and the next day, where he had some restricted movement, that he thought, ‘I’d better get it checked out’.
“If it was a cutthroat game, he’d play.”
Meanwhile, Fraser Ellis has returned to the Murray Bushrangers.
There’s some good news for the Pies though with premiership players Ben Douthie and Daniel Boyle returning from injury.
Boyle hasn’t played seniors since last year’s stunning grand final upset of Albury, where he starred.
He broke his foot waterskiing.
The midfielder played his first game for the year in reserves against North Albury a fortnight ago and then starred at the same level against Myrtleford.
Douthie hasn’t played in a month due to a knee complaint.
The Pies have averaged 156 points to 28 in hammering four teams outside the top five, with the Hawks rounding out the bottom five.