Five of Nagambie’s biggest names were scratched from the Kyabram District interleague squad before their game against Golden Rivers on Saturday.
Seven in-form Lakers were selected for the side but only two were available to play after Anthony Haysom, Martin Shadbolt and Ben Hutton all withdrew due to injury.
The trio aren’t expected to be back for at least three weeks and are expected to also miss the Lakers’ next game against Longwood.
Discussion surrounding the interleague competition has led to many questioning the commitment of players to the format and the cost of running the competition.
Luke Morgan, senior coach of the Goulburn Valley interleague squad, raised the point that about half his squad were based in Melbourne for work purposes and have the additional hurdle of travelling for games.
Nagambie coach Linc Sullivan told the Telegraph, the Lakers have enough depth to cover those missing against Longwood.
Sullivan confirmed that Shadbolt has injured his knee and will not be expected back for a number of weeks.
Gun midfielder Michael Roberts is away and isn’t expected back before the Longwood game while Nagambie’s leading goal kicker, Kyle Winter-Irving, is away but is expected to play against Longwood.