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Swans suffer double blow

South Barwon’s Louis Herbert is facing time on the sideline with a fractured heel. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SOUTH Barwon looks set to be without star duo Louis Herbert and Will Sexton for an extended period after both suffered injuries on the weekend.

Herbert is in currently with medical staff after sustaining a fractured heel in an off-field incident, while Sexton is awaiting scans on a suspected ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the win over St Albans at The Gordon TAFE Oval.

“It’s not ideal for anyone, but most of all for them,” coach David Farrell said.

“Both have hit some really good form and (there were) probably opportunities for both to play higher over the next month.

“No doubt they’ll be bitterly disappointed themselves. But, from our perspective, it’s just a matter of supporting them.

“Our head doesn’t go to selection or anything like that. It’s just in regards to their welfare, and we’re working on that with Louis still in hospital and Will waiting for scans and confirmation of how bad his knee is.”

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Sexton’s knee injury is another blow for the Geelong VFL development squad member, who managed just five games in 2018 due to a persistent back issue.

“He managed to pull down a mark and a St Albans player has just innocuously fallen across his leg,” Farrell said.

“There didn’t look to be much in it at that stage. He got up and took his kick but felt something wasn’t quite right, and he was tested on the sidelines and didn’t have the stability in it to continue.

“So he sat out the last quarter, more precautionary we thought at that stage, but the longer it’s gone, the worse it seems to be.”

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Herbert, who played three AFL games with Gold Coast in 2014, is in his second season at McDonald Reserve.

His form with South Barwon and in the GFL’s interleague loss to Northern last month not only earned him selection in the initial Vic Country squad for next month’s clash with the VAFA, but also an invite to train with Geelong’s VFL squad for the remainder of 2019 with a view to joining the Cats in 2020.

MEANWHILE, St Joseph’s is still waiting for midfielder Reid Adams to undergo scans on a knee injury suffered in the loss to St Mary’s that is likely to confirm he has suffered another ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

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