Marwick and Green under injury cloud for top of the table contest

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Kleemann medallist Zane Marwick is in doubt for Railways.
Camera IconKleemann medallist Zane Marwick is in doubt for Railways. Credit: Laurie Benson

Railways are sweating on the availability of key duo Zane Marwick and Mitch Green ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with North Albany at Collingwood Park on Sunday.

Marwick hurt his ankle in the Tigers’ win over Denmark-Walpole in round 9 on July 1 and the Kleemann medallist failed to train on Tuesday night, raising doubts on his return this week.

Green has been a superb addition to the Tigers’ defence across half-back before also seriously injuring his ankle at the Landmark Country Football Championships, forcing him to miss the division 3 grand final.

Tigers coach Craig Frost confirmed Green did some light jogging at training on Tuesday but was not convinced either of his stars were guaranteed to return.

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“Mitch did some light jogging last night but Zane didn’t train,” Frost said. “We’ll wait and see how they go (tomorrow night) at training but I’d say they will have to be close to 100 per cent to play.”

The Tigers face plenty of changes from their narrow win over Albany, with ruckman Shane Braimbridge and midfielder Logan Stubber both unavailable for the clash with the Kangas.

That pair are away on holidays but the Tigers will get captain Bodhi Stubber back, while spearhead Zak Hortin also returns.

Frost expected Hayden Smart and Tom Palfrey also to be included for the round 11 fixture, which has a significant bearing on who may claim the minor premiership and host the second semifinal.

Midfielders Ray Padfield and Grant Corcoran will be vital inclusions for the Kangas as they aim to beat the Tigers for the first time this season, while Adam Ditchburn will also come straight back into the side.

The sole Saturday game will have Mt Barker hosting Royals at Sounness Park, while on Sunday the Sharks will get another strong chance to register their first win of the season against Denmark-Walpole at Centennial Stadium.

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