Adam Treloar went through a rollercoaster of emotions during the first quarter of the Western Bulldogs’ AFL clash with Geelong on Saturday night.
The injury-prone midfielder cut a shattered figure when he was captured walking down the race with a suspected reinjured hamstring.
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Treloar, who has battled soft tissue injuries chronically throughout his AFL career, went down in what looked like an innocuous incident in the middle of the ground early in the first quarter before immediately leaving the field of play.
Clearly frustrated and fearing the worst, Channel 7 cameras captured Treloar throwing his mouthguard away in anger while he was following the club doctor down into the changerooms.
“That’s not a good sign,” Channel 7 commentator Cameron Ling said as the vision was shown.
“That’s Adam Treloar heading down the race and throwing the mouthguard, obviously very frustrated. Coming back from that soft tissue injury. Big concern.”
Treloar had played the first eight games of the season before succumbing to a hamstring injury against the Giants in Round 8, and was on return against the Cats on Saturday night.
He thought he was done for the night, and possibly longer, but soon emerged back out of the rooms to retake his place on the interchange bench in what looked like either a remarkable recovery or, more likely, a false alarm.
Expecting to be injected into the game, Bulldogs sub Lachlan McNeil had started to warm up on the boundary line, but “got told to sit back down in the back row”, Ling said, as Treloar returned.
“Treloar is up, showing very promising signs. That will come as a huge relief for him and Bulldogs fans,” Alister Nicholson added.
Ling responded: “And just watching him, he’s giving every indication like he wants to come back on. So, you can only assume there was certainly awareness in what he felt.
“We saw the frustration, the throwing of the mouthguard, but it’s looking very, very positive for Adam Treloar, which is great news for Doggies fans and him, getting another opportunity to get back out there, hopefully soon.”
Within a matter of minutes, Treloar took his place back on the field and attended a centre bounce, even kicking a running goal within minutes of returning to the field.
“Just remarkable, you would think given he has experienced so much with his soft tissue, he would know,” Hamish McLachlan remarked.
“He obviously just got it wrong.”
Ling agreed: “Yeah, he must’ve. He would’ve felt something and who knows what that was, but obviously something that’s not a concern to the Dogs and the medical staff, and just watching him, he is running freely right now, wanting to get involved in this passage of play.
“He looks quite comfortable out there, which is brilliant news for him.
“Always good to see him back out running. He breaks the lines. He’s that different type of midfielder for them that can get on the end of some of the inside work of (Tom) Liberatore and (Marcus) Bontempelli and kick goals for the Dogs.”
He did, however, return to the field with what appeared to be tape on his calf, hinting at what might have been the true problem when he went off.
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