Darley onballer Dan Roy will miss the Ballarat Football League finals.
Devils coach Heath Scotland said Roy’s season was over after he suffered a fractured eye socket and cheekbone again at Bacchus Marsh.
Scotland said Roy was scheduled for surgery on Saturday.
Roy was recruited from Lorne in the Colac and District Football League to take up the role of playing assistant coach.
Two other leading midfielders, Bacchus Marsh’s Scott Sherlock and Redan’s Callum Currie, are also in doubt for finals.
Sherlock tore a hamstring against Darley.
Cobras coach Travis Hodgson said at best Sherlock, who also had hamstring issues while with Werribee in the VFL last year, was hoping to return late into the finals.
Currie is under a cloud after having surgery to repair a torn finger ligament – a similar injury which forced Sunbury ruckman David Kovacevic to be a late withdrawal from last year’s grand final.
Currie has not played since round 11 on July 8.