Posted: 2 March, 2015
The Duck believes latest foot injury will ruin big Blue's year
The pre-season has already been overshadowed by some heartbreaking season-ending injuries.
West Coast defender Eric Mackenzie, Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore and Melbourne youngster Christian Petracca will take no part in the 2015 premiership season due to serious knee injuries while Adelaide veteran Brent Reilly (fractured skull) remains in doubt to take the field this year too.
However, AFL legend Wayne Carey believes there is another player whose year has also been ruined - but by a less serious injury.
Injury-plagued Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is only expected to be sidelined for another five weeks after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his troublesome foot on February 16.
And although that means he could theoretically be available for senior selection as early Round 2, Carey told Triple M Footy: Pre Season that the big Blue will be playing catch-up from a fitness perspective for the rest of the year.
“It nearly ruins your whole year,” Carey said of Kreuzer’s injury.
“If you get a six, seven or ‘eight-weeker’ (injury) now then all of a sudden, and especially if it’s your foot, you can’t do any running, you can’t kick, you can’t do any of that sort of stuff.
“So it really does bugger up your whole year because all the pre-season (training) has gone out the window, you’ve got to fight your way back into the side and by the time you do that the season’s over.”
Kreuzer has had a wretched run with injury which has seen him average just 12.6 games over the last five seasons.
Most recently, a foot injury restricted him to one senior match in 2014.