Cooney out as Dogs hit fresh snag29/06/2019 - Author: admin - Comments are closed
The Bulldogs’ dismal season so far has been hampered further by a hamstring injury to one of their few success stories, with Adam Cooney to be out until the round 12 match against Collingwood.
The Brownlow medallist is set to miss the next two matches after scans revealed the tightness he experienced late in Saturday’s loss to Gold Coast was actually small bleeding in his right hamstring.
The bleeding was below that required to be graded, but the Dogs have taken a cautious approach with their star, leaving him out of this Saturday’s match against St Kilda and the following week’s game against Port Adelaide.
Given the match against the Power is in Darwin and the week before the club’s mid-season bye, it makes sense for the Dogs not to risk Cooney on the interstate trip next week.
“Adam felt tightness in his right hamstring towards the end of the game on Saturday. An MRI revealed a small bleed within the muscle, which will keep him sidelined for two weeks,” a club spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.
Cooney had started the season well, moving more freely after cutting-edge treatment on his troublesome right knee in the off-season. He has led the team in key statistical categories such as disposals, uncontested possessions and is second for goals.
Although on the same leg, medical staff are certain the hamstring issue is unrelated to the degenerative knee problem Cooney is now managing better than ever.
Losing one of its in-form senior players will test the under-siege Dogs even more when they take on the Saints at Etihad Stadium.
The club has endured more criticism this week than in any other time throughout Brendan McCartney’s short reign, with the loss to the Suns prompting several commentators to point out the Dogs have won only one of their past 19 games.
Facing the media on Wednesday, McCartney said he believed the criticism was “partly” fair.
“The scoreboard’s the scoreboard, the ladder’s the ladder and your wins and losses and percentage . . . reflect how you’re playing. It probably doesn’t reflect how we’re training and preparing for games – actually, it doesn’t reflect it – but those bottom-line results also reflect your draw, your injuries, the youth of your list, the inexperience of your list.”
McCartney said he had “no doubt” the Dogs were on the right track, despite the external criticism this week.
“We’re disappointed with our results but we’re very clear about where we’re going. Outside our club not everyone might see that – and at the moment it’s quite clear very few people would probably agree with what I’m saying – but internally we believe we’re a lot closer to some better results than people realise,” he said.
“We know where we’re at and we know that we’ve got a lot of work in front of us. We haven’t shied away from that, for almost 18 months now. The challenge is when we do get presented with opportunities, we take them.”
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