KOROIT ruckman Jeremy Hausler is managing a shoulder injury sustained in the Saints’ hard fought win over Cobden on Saturday.
The Hampden interleague representative was hurt in the first half of the Saints’ 13.6 (84) to 9.7 (61) victory at Victoria Park.
Koroit coach Chris McLaren said the reigning premiers wouldn’t risk their number one ruckman in the run home to finals.
“He hit his shoulder. He has a sore AC joint but there’s no lump and the shoulder didn’t drop,” he said.
“The physios and doctor said he could be good in the next couple of days or it could take a week.
“It’s pretty minor. It’s just stiff and sore.”
Koroit also lost onballer Damian O’Connor to a calf issue before the game.
McLaren expects the former Terang Mortlake captain to be fit to play the Bloods next weekend.
He was pleased with the Saints’ efforts given their personnel issues.
“With Cobden, you generally get a good contest,” he said.
“It was a perfect game leading into finals. It was close, hard and contested footy and it was tight on the scoreboard all day.
“It was exactly what we needed.”
The Bombers held a nine-point lead at quarter-time and half-time before the Saints edged out by four points at the final change and then pulled away.
Midfield duo Ben Goodall and Liam Hoy were influential for the Saints, as was forward Michael Darmody with two goals in his injured brother Marcus’ absence.