South Colac officials have ruled Nick Dent out for their do-or-die Colac district football final against Alvie after having surgery on a broken jaw this week.
Roos coach Tim Foley confirmed the defender had surgery this week to insert a plate into his jaw, following an injury in the Roos’ loss to Lorne last week.
Dent will miss Sunday’s clash with the Swans, but Foley remained hopeful he could return in following weeks if the Roos advance.
“Nick got bumped in a contest and he’s ended up with a broken jaw, it’s fractured but not displaced, so he’s had surgery and had a plate put in,” he said.
“Whether he can return late in finals if we make it we’re not sure.”
Star South Colac onballer Jake O’Dwyer will return from a niggling calf injury after he was a late withdrawl from the Roos’ loss to Lorne, while Tom McKean, Nathan Seabright and Mick Dorman are among Roos pushing for selection.
The Roos weren’t the only team to suffer injuries in the first round of finals, with the season potentially over for Lorne midfielder Darcy Nolan.
Lorne coach Sam Stavenuiter said Nolan had scans on an injured knee this week and would learn the results tomorrow.
“We thought it was just the meniscus but he’s going to get scans on it today, and he’ll find out on Saturday what’s actually happened,” Stavenuiter said.
“So he’s unlikely to play this weekend and could miss a few more which is a shame because he’d been playing well,” he said.
Defender James Friel will return from a two-week family holiday, while Rory Nolan is also in the selection mix.
Stavenuiter said the Dolphins remained hopeful that forward Sam Kelly would be fit to play, after he injured a shoulder early in Saturday’s win.
“He was looking all right at training this week so he might still play,” he said.
Alvie coach Dan Casey said defender Luke McCarthy would miss the Swans’ clash with South Colac on Sunday after being knocked unconscious in the Swans’ win against Simpson on Sunday.
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