Cobram’s finals chances have suffered a huge blow with co-coach Tim Garlick ruled out for the season.
The star suffered an ACL injury to his knee and will go under the knife next week.
Fellow co-coach Josh Noonan said the Tigers were understandably upset by the news.
‘‘He’s a bloody hard worker and it’s unfortunate that it’s happened to him,’’ he said.
‘‘He puts his heart and soul into his footy and it’s a shame.’’
The Tigers were handed a lesson by Nathalia in round five and are keen to bounce back against the Eagles today.
‘‘We were taught a few harsh lessons by Nathalia,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘We’ve learnt that our one-on-one football needs to improve a lot if we want to be serious about playing finals this year.’’
Tom Kelly and Daniel Clarke will return to the side from injury lay-offs of their own and Noonan said his side would not be taking its opponent lightly, despite beating it last season.
‘‘They’re on the up and beating them will be easier said than done,’’ he said.
‘‘We have got to go in mentally prepared to play our brand of football and take the game from there.’’
Echuca United has already surpassed last season’s win mark of three, but has its sights set on much higher glory than just improvement under Guy Campbell.
Zac Mihocek, Nic Denahy, Farran Priest and Phil Hubbard all showed why they were selected for last week’s interleague match and will attempt to take that form into today’s game.
With Duane Hueston (18 goals) firing up forward and Corey Wanganeen dominating down back, the Eagles will prove a tough scalp to take for most sides this year, with Campbell hopeful his side can keep improving.