Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs recruited Treloar from the Magpies on big money but fans were left fearing the worst when he suffered a syndesmosis injury against St Kilda in May.

On Thursday, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge hinted Treloar’s return would hinge on “a couple of important game-like sessions” at training.

“If you remember back, I was preparing everyone for the worst-case scenario in that it might take a lot longer than what we would’ve thought,” Beveridge said.

“He wasn’t on a rocket out of the hospital as far as his recovery went. The first two or three weeks were a real struggle but most recently he’s really come on. He’s got a couple of important game-like sessions coming up.

“We’ll get our heads together and work out what the plan will be coming back into the AFL side.

“If it’s not (round 21), I’d say it’d almost definitely be the week after.”

Treloar’s return to training has impressed the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. Picture: Michael Klein

Treloar’s return to training has impressed the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

On Monday, the Bulldogs’ medical staff confirmed the 28-year-old was indeed on track to line up against Essendon this weekend.

“Adam has had a great block of six weeks following his syndesmosis injury,” said head of medical services Chris Bell.

“He hasn’t skipped a beat since he’s been back training with the main group. He will look to return to selection availability for this weekend.”

Taylor Duryea and Ed Richards are also likely to be available for this weekend’s game, after the former was managed in the win over Adelaide, while the latter missed the game with a concussion.

Treloar’s return will boost what is already one of the most fearsome midfields in the AFL. Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae, Bailey Smith and Josh Dunkley have all enjoyed pristine form in 2021 on the Bulldogs’ path to their third consecutive finals campaign.

The inclusion of Treloar couldn’t come at a better time for the Bulldogs, who are edging ever closer to the first AFL/VFL minor premiership of their 96-year history. The McClelland Trophy is likely to go to either the Bulldogs or Geelong, who both sit on 60 competition points with three games to play.

However, Beveridge insists his side is not focused on the historic milestone, rather on the final three clashes of the regular season.

“We’re just keeping our head in the game … I don’t really want to talk about that because if I do I’ll be quoted,” Beveridge said after the Bulldogs’ win on Saturday.

“There’s three games left and it’s still really tight. We play Essendon, then Hawthorn and Port Adelaide in the last round.

“If we can just keep fronting up with the same motivation, the same willingness to contribute in our area and inspire each other then we’ll be OK.

“And whatever happens from there will take care of itself.”

Source : https://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/western-bulldogs-confirm-star-recruit-is-in-the-frame-to-return-this-weekend/news-story/5a8ea7d26119c3351c289c04efb16faf

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