Seymour midfield ace Jason Cole will not feature for the rest of the season after suffering a severe hamstring injury.
Cole partially tore his right hamstring against Shepparton United in round five.
But the toughness of the GV’s interleague captain shone through as he continued to play on for another two games against Kyabram and Euroa, with the match against the Magpies his last.
‘‘Against Shepparton United it was the first time it popped up and I just thought it was a bit of hamstring tightness, but it got progressively worse over the next couple of weeks,’’ Cole said.
‘‘I had an MRI on Tuesday night and it came back showing that I’d torn the hamstring off the bone at the attachment, not completely off, but at the moment I’m getting a couple of options about whether I can get surgery or whether I can go without.’’
Regardless of whether or not Cole goes under the knife, he will still be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks.
In Morrison Medal form and a part of the Victoria Country squad to face Victoria Metro, Cole said the injury showed how important it was to enjoy those experiences.
‘‘That’s really disappointing (to miss Vic Country), but that’s footy, that’s the way you’ve got to approach the times when you get to play that sort of stuff because these things can happen sometimes,’’ he said.
But with the best case scenario eight weeks out of the game, Cole said there was a small hope he might play again this year.
‘‘It’s still sort of setting in, the shock, I suppose. I’ll hang onto any glimmer of hope (of returning) later in the year, but it’ll be at least another eight weeks from now,’’ he said.
Lions coach Brent Colbert said his star midfielder’s determination to play on was reflective of Cole’s commitment to the side.
‘‘I spoke to him (on Wednesday night) and I felt bad. I said ‘why’d you play?’, but he said it wasn’t that bad, he could still run and so forth, but it never got better,’’ he said.
‘‘He told us there might have been a little strain, but that he was good to go, but that’s just Jase Cole.’’
The injury is Cole’s worst since missing the entire 2012 season after having hip surgery.