Wagga Tigers have received some positive injury news with Shaun Flanigan and Jim Grills both avoiding long term layoffs.
Flanigan (adductor) and Grills (eye) were both ruled out early in last week's 29-point win over Leeton-Whitton, which sets up a blockbuster at fellow 2-1 outfit Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes this Saturday.
Grills was taken to hospital after copping a finger to his eye, and there was initial concern he may have done some serious damage.
But a specialist has cleared the 26-year-old of any long term effects and he is confident he's on track to take on the Goannas.
Flanigan believes he should be fit to return in time for the finals series and miss one to two weeks.
The short six-round season means any injury could potentially be season-ending, but the availability of the duo is crucial for a Tigers outfit looking for a third straight win.
The top four teams in the AFL Riverina Championship all have 2-1 records and play each other this weekend, with the Crows hosting Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.
Whoever wins will have the inside running to secure a top two spot and the double chance in finals.
"It (injury) won't be a long term thing, the adductor area is pretty easy to deal with," Flanigan said.
"I've been to the physio today (Tuesday) and she seemed pretty confident."
The Tigers handled the wet conditions well to run over the top of a similarly undermanned Leeton-Whitton.
It followed a late comeback win over GGGM, and they will bring plenty of momentum into this week.
"It was a bit of a slog out there and both teams were pretty undermanned by the end of the day. It's good to know we can still play some good footy in the wet," Flanigan said.
Grills said he was initially concerned he may have suffered a hyphema, a pooling of blood inside the anterior chamber of the eye, before he was cleared.
"Years ago I had a hyphema and I had to stay still for about two weeks, so I was hoping that wasn't the case and I got lucky," he said.
"I got to the hospital and the specialist checked it out and it was all good. Depending on any changes to the eye, I should be good to go this week.
"When I was on the ground it was all blacked out, but once I got to the sideline there was a bit of blood in there and it was a bit blurry.
"By the time I left the ground it was feeling a fair bit better, they were just worried about the pupils dilating. I guess it was a bit scary but you don't really know what's going on until they look at it."
The Tigers have kicked more behinds than goals in all three games thus far, but their tally of 9.13 (67) against the Crows is more efficient than it looks in the wet conditions.
"I think we kicked goals a bit more efficiently, which is something we have been working on, and hopefully we do that a bit better and put some pressure on the opposition," Grills said.
"For us it's making sure we take our opportunities and attack the ball hard."