A KNEE injury could spell the end of Sydney Swans champion Adam Goodes' 2013 AFL season.
The former Horsham footballer, 33, is still getting pain from his knee and hasn't played since round nine against Port Adelaide.
A role in the finals series is looking increasingly unlikely, with the Swans wanting to see Goodes back on the training track doing ball work to be considered for September action.
Swans coach John Longmire said Goodes was 'confident, not hopeful' of a late-season return.
"He hasn't had too many wins in his rehab, to use his own words, so he's hoping for a couple of wins pretty quickly," he said.
"The next few days are pretty important for Adam, whether he gets an opportunity to play this year or not.
"It would be fair to say time is pushing it now and he needs things to go well pretty quickly from here."
Goodes' brother Jake, who is preparing for a finals assault of his own with Horsham District Football League side Swifts, quashed any retirement rumours.
"There's definitely no talk of retirement," he said.
"He wouldn't even be thinking about his age. He keeps pushing himself to play to the best of his ability - that's the way he works."
Former AFL Victoria Wimmera development manager Geoff Burdett was also in favour of Goodes staying on. "It would be a tragedy if his career ended like this," he said.
"I think he would go another year at least it's not as if he's playing bad football.
"He's a bloke who they could play in the forward line and still have a massive impact."
Goodes could join fellow Wimmera exports Kalkee's Tanner Smith, Fremantle, and Dimboola's Brett Goodes, Western Bulldogs, with season-ending injuries.
Collingwood wingman Clinton Young, formerly of Minyip-Murtoa, looks set to return from a hamstring injury that has hampered his season.
Young has played just two games at the Pies since switching from Hawthorn during the off-season.