ZACH Mihocek’s resurgent season has been chopped off at the knees – again.
The star Eagle missed the start of 2018 with a pre-season knee injury and on Saturday was left writhing on the ground clutching his other knee after a heavy tackle and fall.
Mihocek was best on ground during the Eagles’ first win of the season (against Congupna) and was a serious contributor in the Tungamah and Tongala wins.
But he could now be sidelined for a lengthy period depending on the outcome of tests this week.
It is the second knee injury he has suffered in just a couple of months.
His right knee kept him out of the Eagles’ opening Murray Football League round against Moama in the Three Jacks Trophy and he remained sidelined until the end of April when he returned to take on Congupna, playing a blinder.
The importance of Mihocek cannot be understated for United this season.
Which is why, after having played just three games this campaign, a bone-crunching tackle that left him clutching his other knee — screaming in agony — was devastating for not only Mihocek but the club too.
Echuca United coach Guy Campbell said although the extent of the injury is yet unknown, the prognosis did not look good.
‘‘Yesterday’s win came at a cost for us,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘But that said we’ll be hoping that the depth we do have can fill the void left by those injured.
‘‘We actually don’t know what he’s done yet. He’s hurt his leg but we don’t know how badly, he’s got to get it checked, but I’d say it’d be a fair few weeks.’’
After the incident, where Mihocek was helped from the field, he was seen, a dejected figure, quietly watching the rest of the game.
‘‘I’m really disappointed because he’s such a vital part of the club and the footy team. He’s been really great for us since he returned from his other injury,’’ Campbell said.