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Star Centurion sidelined

Werribee Centrals midfielder Jackson Smith in action against Bell Post Hill in 2018. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

WERRIBEE Centrals looks set to be without star midfielder Jackson Smith for crucial matches against Inverleigh, Geelong West and Winchelsea over the next month after scans revealed he had fractured his scaphoid

Smith, who won the Centurions’ best-and-fairest in 2018, was forced out of the GDFL interleague team as a result.

Coach and father Nick Smith is hopeful Jackson will be back for the clash with the Blues on June 22.

“It’s at that stage where he’s only had the original diagnosis from a hospital doctor,” Nick said. “They’ve put it in plaster and he’s got an appointment to see a sports doctor.

“Usually they give you a less conservative return to footy timeframe.

“But, it is the scaphoid, and the scaphoid can be problematic, in terms of healing.

“We’re not going to rush him back, but we’re hoping that he’s going to be ready to go earlier than that.

“… if we can keep it that he misses four games from now, that would be a pretty good outcome.”

Jackson suffered the injury early in the Round 4 win over Belmont Lions and then carried it into the victory over East Geelong the following week.

“He pulled up a little bit sore, and thought it would be alright,” Nick said.

“He got through training and then played the East Geelong, and it felt really sore after that; he didn’t re-injure, it just felt really sore.

“Then he went and got an x-ray and it was fractured. We think he fractured it early in the Belmont game.

“He played some pretty good footy across those two games. It’s a big loss for us.

“And, to be honest, he was really excited about playing interleague, too”.

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