Juniors’ injury curse

Colac footballer Joe Loubey is among four under-19 footballers on the long-term injury list. Loubey requires a full knee reconstruction following an injury in finals.

The injury curse of Colac Tigers’ under-19 football team has continued, with officials ruling out Leigh Gorwell, Denver Murnane and Joe Loubey for the remainder of finals.

The trio joins Lachy Mulder, broken arm, on the long-term injury list as the Tigers prepare for tomorrow’s AFL Barwon Division One preliminary final against St Marys.

Colac coach Michael Hickey said Loubey was set to miss 12 months of football after learning he would need a knee reconstruction following an injury he suffered earlier in finals, while a laceration on Murnane’s hand has suffered infection and required surgery this week.

He said selectors had also put Gorwell on ice after he failed to reach half time of the Tigers’ semi-final loss to St Josephs in his return from a hamstring injury.

“Leigh’s hamstring is no good, so that’ll do him, he can let it heal properly and hook into pre-season next year,” Hickey said.

“Denver’s done too, it turned out he’s severed a nerve so he’s having surgery Thursday, and Joe needs a full reco unfortunately,” he said.

But the news isn’t all bad, with gun midfielder Clay Mulgrew a chance to make his long-awaited return from a concussion he suffered a month ago.

Hickey said Tyler Flanigan was also fit to play despite his shoulder popping out last week.

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