A Tassie Roo could be sidelined from the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos' upcoming first home match in Tasmania for the 2020 AFLW season.
Saturday's two point season opening loss to Mebourne was soured even further by a shoulder injury to Launceston forward Daria Bannister, who injured herself in a tackle late at the Casey Fields contest.
Coach Scott Gowans post-game said the "pretty sore" 20-year-old would have a scan this week on an injury that can be "hard to judge" when it comes to immediately accessing any damage.
The injury threatens to keep her sidelined for the Kangaroos' clash with Greater Western Sydney on Saturday in her home city at UTAS Stadium, which would be the second year in a row she has been absent for a match in the city. Last year she was still on the comeback trail from her ACL injury.
However, in theory if Bannister, who had two touches before being injured, were to miss it could open the chance for Wynyard's Emma Humphries to make her season debut, with Gowans pre-season revealing she would be spending time forward.
On Saturday, the Roos coach also said he was "really keen to see Mia King in the coming weeks", the Launceston draftee who along with fellow Blue Abbey Green is waiting for her first taste of AFLW.
Saturday's game will be at 3.10pm, with admission free.
North has an undefeated record in Tasmania, having defeated Carlton by 36 points last season at North Hobart Oval and the Western Bulldogs by 31 at UTAS Stadium.