June 24, 2024

Carlton’s ruckman Marc Pittonet may miss the upcoming Friday night game against Sydney due to finger surgery, as reported by 7NEWS journalist Mitch Cleary. Pittonet’s surgery has put his availability for the match in serious doubt. This injury compounds Carlton’s injury woes, with star midfielder Adam Cerra also experiencing a hamstring strain, leaving the team short-handed in the midfield for their crucial match against Sydney.

Pittonet’s finger injury occurred during the second half of their narrow one-point victory over Melbourne. Despite the injury, he remained on the field for the remainder of the match and contributed with 14 disposals, 21 hit-outs, and a goal.

This setback comes at an unfortunate time for the 27-year-old, who has been enjoying perhaps the best form of his career, averaging 17 disposals and eight clearances from rounds 6 to 8.

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The injury presents a dilemma for coach Michael Voss and the selection panel, but it could open the door for versatile tall Tom De Koning to step into a full-time ruck role in Pittonet’s absence. With no other viable backup options in contention, De Koning will need to be prepared to face the challenge of going up against a similarly skilled opponent in Brodie Grundy at the SCG on Friday.

A victory for Carlton could propel them into the top four standings, as they aim to maintain their momentum and secure wins in the lead-up to their Round 14 bye.

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