Morris facing three-month absence

27 February 2018 05:26:58 EST


Western Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris is set to miss around three months with a knee injury he suffered in training.

The defender partially tore his ACL during a handball drill on Thursday. He won't need surgery, but he's facing a lengthy stint in the rehab group.

The 35-year-old, who's played 241 games for the Bulldogs, has mixed emotions over his injury given that a larger tear would have ruled him out for the entire season.

"It turns out I was unlucky to get the injury, but lucky it was only a partial (tear)," he said.

"It looks like it will be a 12-week stint on the sidelines, (and) in a brace for a couple of weeks, which is not comfortable. It's one of those things, it could be more, it could be less."

Morris said he heard a "pop and click" in his knee as he turned, but initially didn't feel he'd done any damage until club doctors told him of the partial ACL tear.

It's continued his run of bad luck - he suffered a broken leg and arm last season. He also played in the club's 2016 Grand Final win over Sydney with a fractured back.

Morris, who is due to come out of contract at the end of the year, will continue to mentor the Dogs' young defenders during his time on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Steven Motlop will need scans on a calf injury he picked up on his debut for Port Adelaide.

The former Geelong player was hurt during Port's two-point loss to West Coast in Sunday's JLT Community Series clash in Perth.

Assistant coach Michael Voss said the club would give Motlop, who collected just eight disposals against the Eagles, a full check this week.

Port Adelaide are 10/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Power are 1/10 to finish in the top eight.

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