Hervey Bay Bomber Mortimer sidelined indefinitely
ROHAN Mortimer's injury is not as bad as initially suspected but the ruckman is still expected to be out for several weeks.
Mortimer returned to Hervey Bay Bombers for their Anzac Day game against Bay Power.
Nothing went the former premiership-winner's way, and when he slammed into the fence about 20 minutes in he and his club feared the absolute worst.
He was taken from the ground in the back of an ambulance, while coach Tony Potter said doctors suspected he may have punctured a lung along with several broken ribs.
"The hospital ruled out the punctured lung, it's just a couple of fractured ribs,” Mortimer said yesterday.
"I'm back to the doctors (today). Hopefully it won't take too long - I have to get back to work.”
Mortimer congratulated the Power for their win but said last year's grand finalists were beatable.
"They're definitely beatable but I think we have to gel better as a team,” Mortimer said.
The Bombers will host Brothers Bulldogs at NE Mclean Oval on Saturday.
Brothers beat defending premiers The Waves Eagles by one point on Tuesday.
The Waves Eagles will host Bay Power at Bundaberg's Coulthard Oval, while Gympie Cats host Pomona. Both games are on Saturday.
Maroochydore Roos have the bye.