COVID will dictate whether the Ovens and Murray Football Netball League has a finale, but injury has won the battle against Albury co-captain Jim Grills.
The 27-year-old injured his left knee against North Albury on Anzac Day and after a meniscus repair on June 9, it was hoped he would return just before finals.
The pandemic forced the last round to be cancelled and the first two weeks of finals haven't been held on time.
"It was always going to be touch and go, but I'd really been ruled out a while ago," he said from Queensland, where he's competing in polocrosse tournaments.
"It's 100 percent on walking, jogging and for polocrosse, but footy I still wouldn't be able to play for a while yet."
Grills was appointed co-captain of the Tigers with Jake Gaynor and Shaun Daly, just before the start of the season in March, but it's been a frustrating first year.
The sweet-timing left-footer played only five games, including one against Lavington a fortnight after he injured the knee, while COVID has derailed the back half of the year.
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"We thought the knee wasn't too bad at the time and I would be back in four to six weeks, it was just going to be a clean-up but once he (the surgeon) got in there, it was worse than first thought," he revealed.
We thought the knee wasn't too bad ... but once he (the surgeon) got in there, it was worse than first thought.- Jim Grills
Meanwhile, the O and M will seek clarification from the Victorian Government over how a likely lifting of regional lockdown next week will look before deciding whether to push ahead.
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