Premiers’ injury list grows

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An injury-ravaged North Albany is confident star utility Luke Cameron will only miss a month of football with a medial ligament injury, which he had scans on yesterday after the Kangas’ opening win of the season on Sunday.

Cameron landed awkwardly in a tackle in the last term against Denmark-Walpole and clutched at his right knee.

The 2013 Kleeman medallist had scans on his knee yesterday but Kangas coach Craig Dew said the club was hopeful it was only a medial ligament strain.

“The initial prognosis is a medial which will be three to four weeks,” Dew said. “We don’t think it is an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) but we’ll know more once it gets scanned.”

The injury to Cameron further worsens the 2016 premiers rapidly growing list of players on the sidelines just two rounds into the Great Southern Football League season.

Dom Knight broke a rib in the win over the Magpies and will miss six weeks while chief ball winner Matt Orzel won’t be risked this Sunday against Albany with a sore groin. Ruckman Nathan Dovey (hamstring tightness) and midfield Ray Padfield (illness) will also miss the Sharks clash.

That group will join already injured Kangas teammates Stef Ericson (knee), Brock Ramsay (hand) and Brodie Sumich (ribs) on the sidelines as Dew predicted as few as seven premiership players would face the Sharks and a number of colts to be promoted.

The news is better for Railways with full-forward Coen Marwick appearing to have escaped a serious knee injury.

Marwick missed the Tigers’ loss to Royals on Sunday and is again doubtful this week against the Magpies with knee bruising.

The Bulls will be without Nic Chidgzey in their juicy top of the table clash with the Lions on Saturday at Centennial Stadium which headlines round 3.

Both sides enter the clash with an unblemished record in 2017 and the match is one of two at the new stadium this weekend.

The Magpies host the Tigers at McLean Park on Saturday while the Sharks are at home against a depleted Kangas in the sole Sunday fixture.

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