The AFL Tribunal will hear the rough conduct charge against Jeremy Cameron on Tuesday night after the league turned down a request by Greater Western Sydney for an extra day to prepare their defence.
Cameron was sent directly to the tribunal, with no option of an early plea, for the bump that left Brisbane youngster Rhys Mathieson with a fractured cheekbone.
There is no doubt the tribunal will suspend Cameron – the only question will be the length of the ban.
He was reported immediately after bumping Mathieson and Monday’s match review panel graded the rough conduct charge as careless, with severe impact to the head.
The incident occurred in Sunday’s NAB Challenge match at Metricon Stadium, which the Giants won by 39 points.
Cameron is also in big trouble because his feet left the ground when he landed the bump.
Mathieson reportedly had surgery on Monday night and the Lions are hopeful he will only be out of action for a couple of weeks.