NEWCASTLE Olympic player coach Joel Griffiths remains "doubtful" for a clash with NNSW National Premier League leaders Maitland along with several other squad members.
Griffiths "twinged" a groin in last week's derby loss (2-1) to Broadmeadow at Magic Park.
The former A-League striker may not be able to prove his fitness in time to meet the Magpies at Darling Street Oval on Saturday night (6pm).
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Jared Muller (back), Ryan Griffiths (shoulder) and Jacob Bailey (groin) also suffered injuries against Magic on Thursday in a situation that "went from bad to worse".
"There were 11 bodies out there but we only had nine fully fit players," coach Griffiths said.
"I couldn't be happier with them in terms of the character they showed the other night."
Griffiths said the "extended break", nine days between fixtures, was "much needed" for Olympic given the casualty ward.
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