Goulburn Valley captain Jason Cole could make a shock return to the field at Seymour this year.
Cole looked to be done for the season after suffering a serious hamstring injury and has not played since the Lions lost to Euroa on June 3.
But the courageous midfielder has been working hard on his rehabilitation, which could have him back before Seymour’s finals campaign.
‘‘He’s (Cole) been running for two weeks now and we’ll see how how his body goes with the program,’’ Seymour playing coach Brent Colbert said.
‘‘He’s basically been doing a mini pre-season and he could be back for the Euroa game (on August 26).’’
While still overseas, fellow gun on-baller Brett Meredith could also play again this season.
Meredith suffered a lacerated kidney in a game in June before his pre-booked holiday in Europe.
He returns to Australia next week and will consult a doctor to see if he is right to get back on the field.
Seymour (11-4) has failed to let those injuries and the retirement of Saad Saad derail its season.
The Lions will host Shepparton United at Kings Park tomorrow as they look to keep pressure on second-placed Shepparton.
Rhys Clarke and Tom Martin will miss the game against the Demons through injury, while star forward Jake O’Brien might be required in the VFL.
There is mixed news for United, with Matt Spangher back in the team.
The Hawthorn premiership player will make his long-awaited return to the field tomorrow when the Demons travel to Seymour.
Spangher hasn’t run out for the red and blue since United was thumped against Shepparton on July 8.
But in a blow for the Demons, they will lose Spangher’s former teammate at Hawthorn Luke Lowden.
The ruck-forward will sit out the match due to a groin injury, but is expected to be available for United’s next game against Mooroopna in a twilight outing on August 19.
‘‘Unfortunately Luke’s out and Spangher is in, it’d be great to get them all in together at the same time, but that’s football,’’ United coach Peter Sheehan said.
Sheehan said his side would take confidence out of the Demons’ brave effort against a full strength Lions team in round five.
Seymour won by 19 points on that occasion, with Saad booting seven goals and Cole starring.
‘‘We played well against them last time, we only had one poor quarter, so we’ll be looking to play four quarters this time around,’’ Sheehan said.
‘‘They’re obviously a quality side, but we’re looking forward to the challenge of going down there and putting in a good effort.’’
Fraser Hicks will be United’s 12th player to make his senior debut this season.
‘‘He’s a bottom-aged under-18 kid, so he’s another young guy to come in and get his chance,’’ Sheehan said.