Lavington's disrupted leadup to Sunday's preliminary final against Myrtleford took another twist with confirmation star defender Nick Meredith has a hand injury.
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However, there's no chance the interleague player will want to miss the game as he has previously shown an ability to play with pain.
The Panthers' three best players have now had interrupted preparations.
Coach Simon Curtis is hoping to be granted a stay of sanction today for his only chance of playing after he was suspended by the O and M tribunal on Wednesday night.
Morris Medal favourite Shaun Mannagh was knocked out against Wangaratta and is unlikely to play.
Pies' ruckman Zac Leitch was found guilty of carelessly striking the Panthers' gun and outed for two games.
Meanwhile, Panther John Hunt will become the league's games record holder when he plays his 417th at Wodonga's John Flower Oval.