GWS suffers another injury blow
WESTERN Bulldogs proved last year an injury crisis can breed resilience and is no stumbling block to winning an AFL premiership, now Greater Western Sydney must attempt to do something similar.
The Bulldogs were dealt a series of setbacks to key personnel in 2016 but banked enough wins to finish seventh.
They went on a finals rampage with the help of a couple of returning stars, winning four knockout fixtures to celebrate the club’s first flag since 1954.
The Giants are premiership favourites and the expansion club’s depth is being stretched in similar fashion, with Devon Smith joining a long injury list on the eve of today’s clash against Richmond at Spotless Stadium. Smith tore his right meniscus at training yesterday and will undergo surgery early next week. The small forward will miss up to 12 weeks.
The Giants confirmed earlier this week vice-captain Stephen Coniglio would miss 10 weeks with an ankle injury he suffered during a last-start win over Collingwood.
GWS coach Leon Cameron has been forced to reshuffle his magnets after most rounds this year. Ryan Griffen, Brett Deledio, Nick Haynes, Matt Buntine, Adam Kennedy, Jacob Hopper and Tendai Mzungu are all unavailable because of long-term setbacks.
“Every team goes through it at some point. It’s just our turn at the moment,” Cameron said.