Mooroopna has been dealt a blow after just one round of the season.
Power forward Romain Grenville will be sidelined for an extended period of time with a possible broken ankle suffered against Benalla last Saturday.
Grenville went down with the injury in the second quarter of his first Goulburn Valley League match.
The prized recruit from Tasmania had made a reasonable impact until that point, snaring a goal in the first 10 minutes of the match.
Cats coach Dale Osborne said Grenville would await the results of scans, with signs not looking positive for the excitement machine.
‘‘He’s damaged some ligaments and he might have broken a bit off the bone, we’ll just wait on results,’’ Osborne said.
‘‘He did it in the second quarter then went back on, but you could tell he was wearing it after half-time.
‘‘It’s probably done a lost worse for his condition (returning to the field), it would have been better if he didn’t come back on.’’
Grenville’s impact was noticeably reduced after the half-time break, although he scored another goal in the dying minutes of the match.
After impressing during his pre-season at Mooroopna and filling a gap in the forward line, Osborne is forced to create new methods for his side to score.
Grenville’s absence is just one of three forced changes for the Cats’ match up with Tatura tomorrow.
Matthew Deane will not play after damaging the ligaments in his knee and Keelin Betson also makes his way back into the Bendigo Pioneers’ side for the return of TAC Cup action.
The loss of Deane and Betson puts a dent in the Cats’ backline as Osborne also also needs to stop goals.
Bayden Fallon, Ryan Kilpatrick and Dylan Cornick are the likely inclusions into the side after blistering performances in the reserves’ 110-point thumping of Benalla.
‘‘We’re expecting a fair bit of pressure, they’ve got a really good midfield and a midfield that can kick goals,’’ Osborne said.
‘‘The biggest thing is scoreboard pressure, we need to create that because we didn’t do it last week, which saw the result go the way it went.’’
While Mooroopna has a major out in Grenville, the Bulldogs are not faring any better on the injury front.
Tatura coach Jamason Daniels said captain Tom Miller would miss eight to 10 weeks after breaking his right ankle.
It is yet another long-term injury for the Bulldog, who has not played a full season since enjoying premiership success in 2012.
A pre-season shoulder injury to vice-captain Matt Ryan means Luke McGill will step up as the formal leader on field after playing just one game for the club.
Mat Cornwall (leg), Liam Borelli (groin) and versatile recruit Che Walls (knee) add to the growing injury room at the kennel.
‘‘We’ve got another four injured on top of the four (from pre-season) and they’re not just any players, they’re eight of our best players,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘The good thing is that we have good depth and the thing that I’ve preached across the pre-season is I don’t get carried away with personnel or reputations, you just have to come in and play your role.
‘‘If we can get 21 blokes to do their role, and they don’t have do do anything special, they can help us get the win against Mooroopna.’’
Daniels was impressed with the team’s performance across the board in last week’s defeat of Mansfield, as he debuts three players into the senior side.
Last night at training Daniels was thrilled to present reserves captain and loyal Tatura player Dylan Minutoli with the news he would be playing in the top tier.
Forward Colby McDonald, Jack Ballantyne and Shane Kay will also their spot in the Bulldogs’ senior side tomorrow.