COBDEN coach Mel Starr will look to cover Remeny McCann "from within" after the defender was ruled out for at least three weeks with injury.
Starr said McCann received a positive diagnosis on Thursday for a dislocated knee cap she sustained dancing at the club's ball after the defeat to North Warrnambool Eagles on June 29.
"It's better news than we thought as the initial thoughts were it was going to be an eight to 10-week injury," the first-year Bombers mentor said. "But it's now three or four which we are thrilled about."
The Bombers face Port Fairy, which is vying for the top-five with South Warrnambool, Terang Mortlake and Camperdown, on Saturday.
Starr said McCann, who had been playing in defence and moving into the mid-court at times, would be a big loss for her side but she was confident she had the personnel to step up.
"Rem has been pivotal this season but it also shows the depth we have got," she said.
"We were mindful of trying different combos in the early part of the year so when we come in to the last straight towards finals and something like this happens you aren't thrown completely.
"This time of the season we're trying to not over-qualify players so they can't play in their teams so we'll look to cover from within.
"Sophie Blain and Sarah Smith will sit on the bench from the division one side and we will get some court time for them as well."
Starr said he side would be eager to return to the winner's list after suffering its first loss in round 11, the only game McCann has missed this season.
"The girls trained really well last night and we have done some analysis from the North game and it's (losing) not a feeling they want to repeat," she said.
"The are feeling pretty refreshed form the bye and want to come out strong."
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