Surgery puts Dogs’ career in doubt

July 29, 2019 5:30 pm in by
Western Bulldog veteran Dale Morris. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

UNLUCKY Western Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris requires another knee reconstruction, meaning he might have played his last AFL game.

The 36-year-old was playing his first match of the year after a pre-season knee injury when he re-injured it during Sunday’s win over Fremantle.

The Bulldogs said the scans confirmed the worst possible news, with Morris set to go under the knife again.

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It’s unlikely he will make it back to add to his 253-game career.

“Dale will undergo a conventional ACL reconstruction today,” Bulldogs medical services manager Chris Bell said on Monday.

“Although he passed every test, ticked every box in rehab and returned to play a month of VFL football, unfortunately, Dale’s knee was unable to withstand the high demands of AFL football.”

He suffered an ACL injury during the pre-season, with Morris and the club opting against surgery in the hope of having him return to the field in 2019.

It was the second year running – albeit different knees – that Morris injured an ACL before the season proper.

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He returned at AFL level in round 11 last year and played 11 matches for the season.

This year, Morris played four successful matches at VFL level, before re-injuring his knee in his AFL return.

© AAP 2019


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