South Colac’s premiership aspirations have copped a blow with the news that key players David Dunne and Harry Sinclair are likely to miss the rest of the season.
A scan last week revealed that Dunne’s knee injury was actually a torn ACL, requiring the gun midfielder to have a season-ending knee reconstruction.
The news was also bad for star forward Sinclair, whose broken arm will require surgery after failing to heal correctly.
Both players have missed the Roos’ past three games due to injury.
“Dunney’s done his ACL so that was a bit of a shock,” Roos coach Josh Black said.
“He didn’t have initial scans because he thought he’d done a similar thing a couple of years ago and only missed a couple of weeks,” he said.
“He said the swelling had gone down and he was doing leg weights at the gym, he was actually set to return to training last week, but thought he’d better get a scan and it showed he’d done his ACL.”
Black said the Roos held hope that Sinclair could make a return this season.
“Since he got his arm put in a brace the broken scaphoid has moved a fair bit, so it looks like he’s almost certainly going to need surgery,” he said.
“But we told him not to give up hope, it’s unlikely but if he does all the right things and can get back by the end of the year we’d love to get him back.”
The pair joins ruckman Brodie Walsh on the sidelines, after Walsh suffered an almost certain season-ending injury in the first round.
Walsh had scans on the knee this month.
But the news isn’t all bad for South Colac, with assistant coach and gun onballer Luke Burnett set to return from a shoulder injury in the Roos’ clash with Otway Districts after the interleague bye.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.