Lin Jong’s 2017 season appears to be over after the versatile Western Bulldogs midfielder suffered a serious knee injury during Sunday’s loss to Melbourne.
Jong came from the ground after a collision with Melbourne’s Nathan Jones with a right knee injury and did not return. It is suspected he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament which would rule him out of this year and part of next year.
It’s a huge blow for Jong, who missed out on the Dogs premiership last year but had played all 12 games in 2017.
Jones, too, suffered an injury in the match and is in major doubt for the Demons’ trip west to face West Coast this Saturday.
He injured a quad during the third quarter and spent the final term of the match on the bench and with just six days break before the match in Perth, he is in serious doubt.
There is also a major query over Jack Watts, who also sat out a large part of the final term of that match with hamstring tightness.
While Watts and Jones are doubtful starters, Melbourne will be boosted by the return of ruckman Max Gawn for that match. Jayden Hunt and Neville Jetta are also likely to back up despite suffering minor injuries in the loss to the Dogs.
The other player whose season is at an end is Gold Coast midfielder Michael Barlow, who broke his leg late in Saturday night’s loss to Carlton at Metricon Stadium. Read more…