Western Bulldogs prized recruit Adam Treloar is in a race against time to be fit for the round one grudge match against his former side.
Treloar has been missing from match simulation in recent days due to persistent calf tightness, casting doubt over his availability to face Collingwood on Friday March 19.
The 27-year-old missed significant chunks of the 2018 and 2020 seasons due to hamstring injuries, resulting in him being ‘managed’ throughout the pre-season.
Bulldogs chief medico Chris Bell said the gun midfielder remains on track for round one but admitted they’ve been forced to take a cautious approach with his past record.
“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.”
Teammate Josh Dunkley – who requested a trade to Essendon in the off-season – welcomed Treloar’s addition to the club and says the pair have developed an immediate connection.
Dunkley’s sister Lara is a Queensland Firebirds teammate of former Australian Diamond Kim Ravaillion, who is Treloar’s partner.
“When you think about our two different situations, to end up in the same environment, everything happens for a reason,” Dunkley said, in reference to his failed trade.
“We’ve really hit it off straight away.
“It’s a coincidence that Kimmy’s up in Queensland with Lara and we’ve got that connection too.
“It’s nice we’ve been able to become good mates already and I’m really excited about the future with him.
“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.”