Louis Pinnuck could miss several months of football after sustaining a serious ankle injury last week.
The Werribee defender landed awkwardly towards the end of training last Wednesday, with scans later confirming significant damage to the sindesmosis joint.
While Pinnuck is not expected to require surgery, Werribee high-performance manager Simon Anning described the setback as a “medium-term injury”.
“It’s a real blow for Louis,” Anning said.
“He was sensational in the pre-season and really finding his feet in his second year at the club, so hopefully this isn’t too much of a setback for him.”
The injury to Pinnuck caps off a tough few weeks for Werribee on an injury front, with ruckman Nick Nott out for the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Collingwood in round five and star midfielder Matt Hanson sidelined indefinitely after fracturing his metatarsal against Footscray in in round seven.
The news from the weekend was more positive, with Werribee’s VFL lineup emerging physically unscathed from its clash with Sandringham.
But perhaps most significant was the successful return to the local ranks of Harrison King and Max Augerinos from long-term injuries.
With a best-on-ground performance for Bacchus Marsh, King made it hard to believe he was playing his first game back since undergoing hip surgery early in the year, while Augerinos showed plenty of encouraging signs for St Mary’s reserves in his first match since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Werribee in round 10 last year.
There was one incident to emerge for Werribee from the local leagues, with Brady Sharp sustaining a minor fracture to his metacarpal while playing for Myrtleford, but the key defender will not require surgery and is only expected to miss 3-4 weeks.