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Morris parked in garage

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September 08, 2017

A toe injury will sideline Kyabram star Luke Morris (right) tomorrow, but he is expected to recover in time for a later final.

Kyabram is expected to take no risks with star utility Luke Morris against Seymour tomorrow.

The two-time premiership player suffered a toe injury in the Bombers’ 28-point victory over Shepparton last Saturday night.

Kyabram coach Paul Newman said he was hoping Morris would play again this season.

‘‘He’s okay, but he probably won’t play this week and hopefully he’s right for a game later in the finals,’’ Newman said.

But with Morris out, the Bombers are able to fit reigning best-and-fairest winner Jordan Williams back in as a straight swap.

Williams missed the qualifying final to attend his sister’s wedding in Sydney, but will be right to go for the remainder of the season.

The Bombers were outstanding under lights against the Bears on their way to a record 40th straight win.

Newman has still not tasted defeat since taking the reins as Kyabram coach heading into last season.

‘‘We can’t take too much away from night footy, it’s a bit different, but it was a solid game and the pressure was high,’’ Newman said.

‘‘We won’t take a whole lot away from it, but we need to fix up a few lapses and make sure we sustain our intensity throughout the whole game.’’

Seymour’s midfield has propelled it within one game of the grand final, with Jason Cole making a courageous return from what looked to be a season-ending hamstring injury.

Along with Ben Clifton, Cole led the Lions back from a disappointing first half last week against Benalla in an inspired performance.

Newman said he would most likely back his side in rather than focus on shutting down Clifton and Cole.

‘‘We’ll see how it pans out on the day, they’re obviously fantastic players, but we just need to concentrate on what we’re doing and have the defence where it should be,’’ Newman said.

After Kyle Mueller’s star turn against the Bears with seven goals, Newman said the young star would not be getting carried away with the performance.

‘‘We’ve got our own expectations of Kyle and he doesn’t read too much into the hype because we all know what he’s capable of,’’ Newman said.

‘‘He creates pressure with his speed and as long as he’s doing that and the delivery going forward is good that will give him half a chance to do a number of tricks.’’

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