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Lions skipper set to miss a month

Leopold captain Sam Hughes. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Vicki King)

SAM Hughes has become the latest addition to Leopold’s ever-expanding injury list, with a calf injury likely to sideline the Lions’ skipper for at least a month.

Hughes was forced from the ground early in the weekend win over St Mary’s, and he’s likely to miss crucial clashes with fellow contenders Newtown & Chilwell, St Joseph’s and South Barwon.

He joins Tom Gordon (knee) and Kevin Bourke (groin) as other Leopold stars battling injury.

“It’s something he’s had a bit of trouble with over time, and it’s certainly something we’re going to have to manage and try and make we get 100 per cent right because he’s such an important player to our team,” coach Guy Morphet said.

“I would say with history with calves it could be a four-week minimum injury.”

After losing to Colac in Round 1, Leopold has posted four consecutive wins to enter the interleague break in third position.

Morphet says it’s a position he’s comfortable with, but he is also aware of how much work needs to be done to ensure the Lions qualify for a club record fourth-straight GFL finals series.

“We know where we sit, internally, with our football,” he said.

“I felt the last two weeks we’ve really started to get our game back to similar to what we were last year.

“But, we’re under no illusion that we’ve still got a lot of work to do, and I’m certainly telling the boys to stay grounded.”

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