Roosters battle injuries

NORTH Ballarat Roosters hope to regain Bryce Curnow for selections to face Werribee this week as he continues to recover from a corked leg.

Bryce Curnow. File image

Bryce Curnow. File image

Curnow was a late withdrawal Saturday morning’s  VFL clash with Footscray in Geelong.

He pulled up sore from a Friday night training session, having sustained the injury in last week’s home game against Richmond.

Sebastopol medium forward Michael Powell was called up in a bid to handle expected wet conditions better.

Jarryd Graham (corked leg) and Jacob Werts (brusied tibia), both injured against the Bulldogs, will be assessed during the week.

The Selkirk Roosters also hope to manage onball leader Nick Couch through to the bye in three rounds’ time. Couch has been juggling niggling groin soreness.

Roosters-listed defender Mitch Rodd has made a big step in his comeback from chronic groin soreness, via Ballarat Swans’ reserves.

Rodd played 50 per cent game-time against Sunbury – his first taste of on-field action this season.

Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald said the team had completed a review of the Footscray game – a 29-point loss.

He said his team would only win again if players  learnt from what they could have done better in last week’s loss.

Roosters midfielder Nick Peters has been dealt a one-match ban for rough conduct.

Peters plead guilty at the Victorian Football League tribunal on Tuesday night.

He was reported via video review for an incident in the third quarter against Footscray at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

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