COLAC Football Club will begin its practice match schedule without forward Travis Woodmason.
The goalsneak could miss between six and eight weeks after suffering a hairline fracture in his right wrist at training.
“We were doing a few match-simulated drills at training last week and he landed awkwardly in a tackle,” Tigers coach Matt Gibson said.
The injury was similar to the one that sidelined Tiger Jake Carmody for the best part of two years, but officials said Woodmason’s injury was far less severe.
Gibson said he expected Woodmason to be back for round one on April 9, in approximately five weeks.
He said the injury had been the only glitch in an otherwise smooth-sailing pre-season for the new-look Tigers.
Woodmason will miss the club’s upcoming practice matches starting with an intra-club match on Thursday night.
The Tigers will then take on Geelong West St Peters on March 19 and Spotswood, the former club of midfield recruit Luke Theodore, on March 26.
All matches are at Colac’s Central Reserve.