Western Bulldogs star recruit Adam Treloar needs surgery on his injured ankle, and will now miss his side’s two trips to Perth next month.
The club confirmed the star midfielder suffered an ankle syndesmosis ligament injury in the big win over St Kilda.
Treloar will now miss the next six to eight weeks — including his side’s clash with Fremantle on June 6 and the match against West Coast on June 27, both at Optus Stadium.
“We’ve decided the best way to manage this injury is to operate to stabilise the ligament,” Bulldogs head of sports medicine Chris Bell said.
“This will get him back playing sooner and avoid ongoing complications.
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“We will confirm his timeframe to return to play following the surgery but expect him to miss the six to eight weeks of footy.”
Treloar’s injury was the only sour note from the Bulldogs’ stunning 111-point demolition of St Kilda on Saturday night.
Treloar arrived at the Bulldogs at the end of 2020 in spectacular fashion as part of a last minute trade from Collingwood.
After his fiance signed to play netball in Queensland, the Pies raised concerns over Treloar’s ability to remain in Melbourne.
Despite being contracted for another five seasons, Collingwood parted ways with the midfielder — but are still forced to pay him $1.5 million to play for another club.
Since then, Treloar has been in career-best form, averaging more than 26 disposals, five inside 50s and four clearances a game for the Bulldogs.
But the injury timing is a blow for the Bulldogs, who next face fellow top-two team Melbourne in a Friday night blockbuster.
The two sides sit two games clear at the top of the table after 10 rounds.
In better news for the club, WA ruckman Tim English is in the frame to return from a nasty concussion suffered a month ago.
English copped an accidental knee to the head from teammate Aaron Naughton in a marking contest and has missed the past four matches.