Wodonga Raiders' batsman Ben Stewart will miss Saturday's home clash against St Patrick's after surgery on a broken finger.
Stewart had the digit pinned in Melbourne on Thursday.
"I did it in January when I was fielding against North Albury (in second grade) when the ball hit me on the finger," he said.
I was fielding against North Albury when the ball hit me on the finger. I ... played against East Albury and got hit again and knew it wasn't right."Ben Stewart
"I then went on holidays for two weeks and played against East Albury and got hit again and knew it wasn't right."
While the injury wasn't serious, it will still stop the veteran from tackling the Patties.
This will be St Pat's most important game of the season.
Last season's preliminary finalists have won only one match since round three.
It's a stunning fall from grace.
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Patties simply can't afford to lose to Raiders, although the home team could start favourites after toppling finals bound East Albury a fortnight ago.
St Pat's is coming off nearly 200 against East Albury.