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Thompson’s lucky break

Leopold great Jai Thompson in action in Sunday’s draw with Newtown & Chilwell. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

LEOPOLD will be without inspirational former captain Jai Thompson for at least a month after he suffered a compound finger dislocation in Sunday’s Pride Cup draw with Newtown & Chilwell.

However, it could have been worse for the premiership captain, who underwent surgery on Monday, with initial fears the injury may have brought his season to a premature end.

“He went to smother the footy, and a boot or the footy his collected his finger, and the dislocation of his finger has compounded out through his skin,” coach Guy Morphet said.

“It’s just a really, really unlucky incident where the bone has pierced the skin.

“They’ve put it back in place today (Monday) with surgery and cleaned out the wound and the infection.

“The good thing is he hasn’t needed any plates or screws, and hopefully, fingers crossed, it might only be a 4-5 week injury.”

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The timing of Thompson’s injury couldn’t have been worse, with Leopold facing a challenging block of matches between now and the next bye in early July, with St Joseph’s, South Barwon and a return meeting with Colac among them.

Last year’s minor premier is already missing defender Tom Gordon (knee), captain Sam Hughes (calf) and small forward Kevin Bourke (groin),

A hamstring issue also ended Mitch Patten’s game early, but Morphet is unsure of the seriousness of his injury.

“We’re not 100 per cent sure until we get a full assessment off our physio tomorrow (Tuesday) night,” Morphet said. “But, at this stage, it’s looking like it might only be a strain.

“I would certainly think Mitch will miss this week against Joeys, but fingers crossed it might only be a 1-2 week injury rather than the 3-4 we first thought.”

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