A BROKEN nose threatens to keep star Sunbury midfielder Jay Cheep out of action in the reigning premiers’ crucial elimination final against Ballarat on Saturday.
Cheep played little part in the Lions’ massive loss to North Ballarat City on Saturday, not returning to the field after quarter time.
Sunbury coach Rick Horwood dismissed rumours that Cheep had in fact broken his jaw or cheekbone, claiming there was no reason to hide the injury from the competition.
The 2012 premiership captain was on the receiving end of a stay elbow from teammate Pat Cariss.
Horwood expected Cheep to play against the Swans on Saturday, but said his health still needed to be closely monitored in the mean time.
“We still need to keep a close eye on him and make sure he is right to play if we do play him,” Horwood said.
The Lions will most likely field a much stronger side than the line-up that went down to North City in a humiliating 94-point defeat last week.
Simon Clarke, Ross Sleight, Michael Coleman, Adam Short, Ryan Monzell, Jack Sheahan and Matthew Parker are all likely inclusions in what is shaping up as a vastly different Sunbury line-up.
Key forward Dale Cuinik is also undergoing close medical attention following a nasty incident against Darley in round 12.
Cuinik was stretchered off with a neck injury back in July in a seemingly innocuous incident.
He has since played one game in a near best on ground performance against Bacchus Marsh almost one month ago.
Horwood said Cuinik had brain scans this week after suffering constant headaches and feeling generally unwell since the incident.
The club is expecting to receive scan results this week.
Sunbury meets Ballarat in an elimination final at Darley Park on Saturday.
In the other two finals fixtures, North Ballarat City and Redan will clash in the qualifying final on Saturday at Eastern Oval, while East Point and Darley will go to battle in the other elimination final on Sunday, also at the Eastern Oval.