TARRAWINGEE’S big win over Bright last weekend has come at a cost, with coach Finton Eames confirming key players Jaden Allan and Aaron Vihm will both be out of action for the remainder of the home and away season, and possibly the year.
X-rays revealed Vihm sustained a fracture in his left forearm when he collided with Bright’s Steve Nightingale in the third quarter of last Saturday’s wet and wild clash, and he has since had an operation to have a metal plate put in.
“It’s really disappointing for Vihmmy, because he was playing the best footy he has played in a long time before he went down,” Eames said.
“The positive side is that, provided his recovery all goes well, we should get him back in during the finals, and he would give us a big boost at that stage of the year.”
Allan’s knee injury is yet to be diagnosed, with an MRI scan to determine the full extent of the injury, but Eames said the star winger would be sidelined for some time regardless.
“The early diagnosis with Jado is that he has done the meniscus in his knee, but we will have to wait for the MRI before we know for sure,” Eames said.
“If it is the meniscus, that is the best case scenario, and that would require a bit of a clean out and a 3-4 week layoff.
“Hopefully that’s all it is and we can get him back in for finals, because he is an important player who gives us that x-factor.”