Sturt premiership midfielder James Battersby is facing an uphill battle to face North Adelaide in Sunday’s First Semi-Final at the Adelaide Oval.
Battersby will undergo scans on his left shoulder after an initial diagnosis of Grade 1 damage to his AC-Joint.
The 22-year-old was forced from the field during the third quarter of the Qualifying Final after landing awkwardly in being tackled inside the centre square.
Double Blues’ officials are taking an optimistic view on the health of the former Crows rookie, who took no further part in his team’s loss to the Eagles.
Battersby’s potential absence will make the return of fellow midfielder Aidan Riley even more important, with the clearance-winner desperate to overcome his hamstring ailment.
Riley – who wasn’t risked for the Qualifying Final – will need to prove himself at training this week after hurting himself against Glenelg in Round 19.
Key defender Fraser Evans is at least another week from attempting to move with purpose after suffering his ankle injury in the Double Blues’ last minor round game.
The Jack Oatey Medallist is more of a chance to resume should Sturt qualify for the Preliminary or Grand Final.
Woodville-West Torrens ruckman Marc Borholm will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fracture in the top of his foot in Sunday’s Qualifying Final win against Sturt.
Sporting a large ice pack after the final siren yesterday, Borholm underwent scans on Monday morning which revealed the break in his bone.
”Unfortunately he landed awkwardly in a marking contest and someone fell on his foot,” Eagles Football Manager Luke Powell said.
”We are very devastated for him as he obviously missed the 2015 Grand Final with a broken leg. There’s a very small possibility he might be able to push to play but it’s unlikely.”
Eagles goalsneak Jake Johansen will need to get through Thursday’s main training session to prove he has shrugged off the minor calf complaint which caused him to withdraw from the squad to play in the Qualifying Final.
Norwood will begin its finals campaign with all of its key players fit to select for Sunday’s Second Semi-Final against the Eagles.
Jack Oatey Medallist Matt Panos (foot) has benefited from being rested in Round 19 against South while key defender Michael Talia (back) is also available for selection.
Whether Talia is picked to play in the Macca’s League or Reserves will be interesting, considering the former Swan hasn’t played a League game since Round 15.
North Adelaide veteran Leigh Ryswyk won’t be ready to return for Sunday’s First Semi-Final against Sturt after his rib injury against Norwood in Round 18.
The retiring wingman is more likely to be a chance for the Preliminary or Grand Final, should the Roosters progress.
Experienced ruckman James Craig (hamstring) is still building fitness in his recovery and is unlikely to play again this season.
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