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AFL veteran Morris suffers new ACL injury

Western Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris has suffered another anterior cruciate ligament rupture in a massive blow for the AFL club.

AFL veteran Morris suffers new ACL injury

Western Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris has suffered another anterior cruciate ligament rupture in a massive blow for the AFL club.

DALE MORRIS listens as Matthew Boyd speaks to media after announcing his retirements during a Western Bulldogs AFL press conference at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia.
DALE MORRIS listens as Matthew Boyd speaks to media after announcing his retirements during a Western Bulldogs AFL press conference at Whitten Oval in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

A year after the anterior cruciate ligament rupture that threatened to end his AFL career, Western Bulldogs ironman Dale Morris has suffered the same injury in the other knee.

In a massive blow for the Bulldogs a week out from the start of the season, Morris hyperextended his left knee during Friday morning training.


The extent of the injury is unclear, including whether he will need a reconstruction.

It is understood that Morris will meet with a specialist on Saturday to discuss what to do next.

Even if Morris needs a reconstruction, Collingwood defender Tyson Goldsack has shown that there can be light at the end of the tunnel for him this season.

Reconstructions usually are season-ending, but Goldsack also tore his ACL about this time last year.

The Magpies veteran thoroughly researched his rehabilitation and made a speedy recovery, returning in time for their finals campaign.

Morris already was renowned as one of the AFL's toughest and most durable players when he had a partial rupture of his right ACL in the pre-season a year ago.

He remarkably returned to the team mid-season without any surgery and played 11 games.

"It is a devastating blow for the Bulldogs' veteran on the eve of the 2019 season, after he completed a full pre-season and played a key role in the club's two (pre-season) matches," the Bulldogs said of his new injury.

The 36-year-old key defender has played 252 senior games and last August he signed a one-year contract extension.

He remains a crucial member of the Bulldogs' defence.

Morris broke his leg in 2011 and famously played with a broken back during the Bulldogs' historic 2016 finals series.

He ran down Sydney star Lance Franklin in a crucial moment during the last quarter of the 2016 grand final and was one of the heroes of the Bulldogs' drought-breaking premiership.

Morris has had nine broken bones during his career, including two during 2017.

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