A surprise mid-season comeback by Thurgoona's Jarrod Twitt appears to have been thwarted by a knee injury.
Twitt crossed to the kennel this season after good mate Brett Doswell replaced co-coaches Jayden Kotzur and Jamarl O'Sullivan at the helm.
He was handed an assistant coaches role and running the bench.
The 40-year-old played his first match for Thurgoona in the reserves against Wahgunyah in round 10.
He also played reserves again the following week against Rutherglen.
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Twitt was elevated to the seniors last weekend against Mitta United with the Bulldogs missing several players including Kade Brown, Mark Haydon, Blair Osmond and Matt Murray.
Doswell said Twitt lasted less than a quarter against the Blues before hobbling off with a knee injury.
"He only lasted a quarter and it looks like he has strained his medial ligament," Doswell said.
"So you would have to say it's highly doubtful that he will play in the seniors again.
"I don't think it's serious.
"I'm not 100 per cent sure how he hurt it but he didn't require a stretcher and jogged off and has since had scans which revealed the injury."
Doswell said Twitt's experience with running the bench on match-days had proved invaluable with the Bulldogs undefeated after 13 rounds.
"He has been a big asset running the bench all year and has basically been an assistant coach," he said.
"So he will keep doing that for the remainder of the year.
"Depending on his knee he could still play in the reserves.
"Brad Thompson has been playing in the reserves and I think Twitty is keen to play a few matches alongside him."
Twitt didn't play in 2017 but played a handful of matches for Wodonga last year.
The Bulldog champion originally spent nine years at Wodonga from 2002, coaching the club from 2006-10.
Twitt then joined Holbrook where he coached for a further four seasons before returning to Wodonga in 2015.
Thurgoona host Barnawartha on Saturday.
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