NORTH Ballarat City will today learn if star ruckman Tristan Cartledge has broken bones in his hand.
Cartledge will have an X-ray on his right hand and be assessed by club doctors at Essendon, where he played seven AFL games between 2002 and 2007.
He joins a number of North Ballarat City players under injury clouds heading into week two of the Ballarat Football League finals series.
In total, three North players will undergo X-ray scans this week, with Derick Micallef also undergoing constant treatment to recover from a severely corked buttock.
Daniel Kilpatrick will have ankle scans, while attention will also be paid to Mitch Jenkins’ shoulder after it popped out against Redan on Saturday.
On a positive note however, Ayden and Tyler George appear certainties to return to the side, having both been late withdrawals at the weekend.
North Ballarat City coach Rob Waters said the injuries had come at the wrong time of the year for his side.
“We’ve had injuries all year but they haven’t come at once like this,” he said.
“We’ve just got to monitor it closely and get on top of it.”
North’s opponents this week, Darley, are not without their own injury concerns either.
Up to half a dozen Devils, usual starting players, are 50-50 chances of playing on Sunday, according to coach Rod MacPherson.
Former Collingwood star Shane O’Bree will not be affected by his assistant coaching role with Geelong, with the Cats playing on Saturday, but has pulled up with a tight hamstring from the weekend.
Dane Grenfell, who kicked five goals in Darley’s win over East Point on Saturday has a sore hip flexor, captain Brad Inglis continues to recover from a serious ankle injury but has played the past two games and key forward Brendan Porter still has a heavily corked thigh.
Rhys Ellis and Darren Leonard were also declared unfit last week and will be hoping to run out on Sunday.
Devils coach Rod MacPherson said the hard Eastern Oval turf did no favours to preventing injuries.
“You wouldn’t want to knock your head in the middle of that ground, it’s really hard,” he said.
In the Saturday fixture between Redan and Sunbury, there are fewer injury concerns.
Redan’s Jarrett Giampaolo faces a race against time with a badly rolled ankle, while Dean Chester is almost certain to return from a torn hamstring.
The Eastern Lions have also escaped relatively injury free from their win against Ballarat, with 2013 recruit Andrew Duhau facing a fitness test with a leg injury.
Sunbury coach Rick Horwood also moved to quash rumours that Simon Clarke has torn his hamstring.
“We took Clarke off with 15 minutes to go with a stiff back as a precaution. He is a 100- per-cent chance to play,” Horwood said.
The winner out of the Redan v Sunbury match on Saturday will advance straight through to the grand final, with the loser to meet the victor out of the North Ballarat City v Darley clash on the following weekend.