NPL: Jobe Wheelhouse unsure of return as Jaffas depth put to the test

Two-time Jaffas grand final-winning captain Jobe Wheelhouse is unsure how long he will be sidelined after succumbing to his surgically repaired ankle before Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Jets Youth.

Wheelhouse, who turns 33 next week,has made only two appearances this season after playing through a fractured ankle in Lambton’s 2-0 grand final victory over Edgeworth last year.

The former Jets skipper, who defied ankle damage to be Jaffas’ grand final man of the match in 2014, had off-season surgery and returned this year off the bench in the round seven 1-1 draw withAdamstown.

He started the next week in a 0-0 draw with Valentine and lasted 71 minutes.

The midfielder was setto start on Saturday against the Jets Youth but pulled out late in the warm-up with ankle pain.

He said the ankle was “not the best” and he was seeing a physiotherapist this week.

The setback comes as the fifth-placed Jaffas struggle with injury and absentees.

Nathan Verity and Joel Griffiths are on overseas holidays and will miss two and one match respectively.

Coach James Pascoe said there were also big question marks over Michael Kantarovski (quad) and Luke Remington (ankle) after they came from the field on Saturday.

“Idon’t think either will be right for this week, so we’ll be a bit patched up, but it is what it is and we’ve just got to roll with it,” Pascoe said.

“It’s nothing we can’t overcome. The positive is younger boys will get a chance.”

Jaffas host Hamilton on Saturday.

Bren Hammel and Wheelhouse will also miss five and three weeks mid-season because of trips to the World Cup in Russia and Iber Cup in Spain respectively.