Bulldogs ace suffers suspected ACL tear

14 September 2020 16:04:16 GMTPlus10

Western Bulldogs fear Toby McLean suffered an ACL tear during Sunday's 36-point win over Hawthorn.

McLean got the game off to the perfect start when kicking a goal within the opening 30 seconds, but joy soon turned to sorrow as he was stretchered off moments later.

The Bulldogs utility got his knee caught under Jonathon Ceglar following a tackle involving the Hawthorn star, and was clearly in agony when he left the field.

The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but speaking after the game Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge admitted it did not look good and they fear the worst.

McLean will now undergo scans and if it is an ACL tear then it could put a serious doubt over whether he will figure in 2021.

"We think it's more on the serious side," Beveridge said of the injury when addressing the media. "The plan is probably to send him back to Melbourne and scan it."

The news comes as a huge blow to the Dogs as McLean looked to be back at the top of his game when tagging Andrew Gaff out of the win over West Coast Eagles last week.

In his absence the Bulldogs were inspired to get the win for their team-mate and kicked six goals on the bounce soon after he left the field.

"When one of the boys goes down like that there's an emotional coming together," Beveridge added.

It was a huge win for the Bulldogs to keep them in seventh place on the ladder and on course to play finals football.

The Bulldogs are priced at 18/1 to win the grand final.

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