Leaders Lambton Jaffas have added 2015 NNSW National Premier League player of the year Luke Remington to their casualty list after he was bitten on the eye in a late-night incident.
The Herald was told Remington was attacked on Sunday night after leaving a local hotel following an altercation inside. Police are investigating the incident which left Remington with a ripped and infected eyelid.
It is unsure how long the former Joeys representative will be sidelined but he will not play against Weston on Saturday at Edden Oval in round 14.
The loss of Remington follows news Jaffas captain Jobe Wheelhouse will likely miss the rest of the regular season with a fractured ankle sustained in the 5-0 FFA Cup loss to Edgeworth on Saturday.
The Jaffas, who lead the competition by a point from Valentine, also have Nathan Morris (knee), Pat Brown (elbow) and Dain Greentree (concussion) sidelined.
Marquee striker Joel Griffiths did not train on Thursday night because of a calf strain and was likely to miss the game but Ryan Griffiths was expected to overcome a groin problem and play.
The clash with second-last Weston looms as a danger game for Jaffas, who drew 2-2 with the Bears in the first round.
The young Bears should also lift for coach Steve Piggott, whose wife, Jodi, died on Monday after a short battle with cancer. Her funeral was on Friday.
Also on Saturday, Valentine will bring star American striker Jalon Brown back into their starting side for the rematch with Broadmeadow at Cahill Oval.
Seventh-placed Broadmeadow beat Valentine 4-0 in the FFA Cup on Saturday with Brown on the bench until late.
Valentine coach Darren Sills said Brown would start but defender Reece Pettit was in doubt and goalkeeper Scott Carter was out because of illness. Both missed the FFA Cup game.
Magic, who went on to qualify for the FFA Cup round of 32 alongside Edgeworth, need a win to revive their NPL finals hopes.
On Sunday, Edgeworth coach Damian Zane will welcome back Bren Hammel against Rosebud at Adamstown Oval after the winger was cleared to play following a nasty head knock against the Jaffas. Hammel missed the Eagles' FFA Cup 1-0 win over Maitland on Tuesday.
Ayden Brice copped a two-match ban for his late send off for charging Maitland defender James Tassell in the victory. Zane said Keigo Moriyasu (knee) was likely to be rested on Sunday.
Also Sunday, Lake Macquarie host Charlestown and Maitland play the Jets Youth at Cooks Square Park.