Fans shattered over AFL veteran's 'devastating blow'

Social media has been inundated with well wishes for AFL veteran Dale Morris over a “shattering” injury that could ruin his season.

A year after the anterior cruciate ligament rupture that threatened to end his AFL career, Western Bulldogs ironman Morris has suffered the same injury in the other knee.

In a massive blow for the Bulldogs a week out from the start of the season, Morris hyperextended his left knee during Friday morning training.

The extent of the injury is unclear, including whether he will need a reconstruction.

It is understood that Morris will meet with a specialist on Saturday to discuss what to do next.

Fearing the worst, fans have taken to social media to convey their disappointment for the highly respected star.









Even if Morris needs a reconstruction, Collingwood defender Tyson Goldsack has shown that there can be light at the end of the tunnel for him this season.

Reconstructions usually are season-ending, but Goldsack also tore his ACL about this time last year.

The Magpies veteran thoroughly researched his rehabilitation and made a speedy recovery, returning in time for their finals campaign.

Morris already was renowned as one of the AFL’s toughest and most durable players when he had a partial rupture of his right ACL in the pre-season a year ago.

Morris’ 2019 season hangs in the balance. Pic: Getty

He remarkably returned to the team mid-season without any surgery and played 11 games.

“It is a devastating blow for the Bulldogs’ veteran on the eve of the 2019 season, after he completed a full pre-season and played a key role in the club’s two (pre-season) matches,” the Bulldogs said of his new injury.

The 36-year-old key defender has played 252 senior games and last August he signed a one-year contract extension.

He remains a crucial member of the Bulldogs’ defence.

Morris broke his leg in 2011 and famously played with a broken back during the Bulldogs’ historic 2016 finals series.

He ran down Sydney star Lance Franklin in a crucial moment during the last quarter of the 2016 grand final and was one of the heroes of the Bulldogs’ drought-breaking premiership.

Morris has had nine broken bones during his career, including two during 2017.