Treloar in race to make Pies clash

15 February 2021 19:30:17 GMTPlus11

Western Bulldogs recruit Adam Treloar is battling to be fit in time to face former club Collingwood in round one of the 2021 AFL season.

Treloar made a shock switch to the Bulldogs during the Trade Period after it became clear he was not wanted at Collingwood, and he will no doubt be desperate to face the Pies.

However a calf issue could prevent a showdown on 19th March, and the player will have to prove his fitness before then.

The 27-year-old has been dogged by hamstring injuries throughout his career and taking that into consideration the Bulldogs are taking no chances with him.

Chief medico Chris Bell remains hopeful regards him making round one, but they will not take any risks with him.

"With Adam's history of soft-tissue injuries, we're taking a conservative approach with him at this stage of the pre-season," Bell said.

"We have been proactive with managing Adam's calf tightness over the past fortnight. His recovery is progressing and we anticipate he will return to full training over the next couple of weeks."

Meanwhile, teammate Josh Dunkley is delighted to have Treloar on board and says the duo have struck up an instant friendship.

"It’s nice we’ve been able to become good mates already and I’m really excited about the future with him," Dunkley added.

"Everyone came back in really good shape – which has allowed us to play through the midfield, out on a wing, up forward or wherever we need to be. I’ll work with what Bevo wants and what the team needs."

The Bulldogs are priced at 15/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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