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Was always a long shot, at least better to happen now and not after we pick him up

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Having been there when Harley sustained the injury, I reckon this is nothing more than a Grade 1 calf strain which generally takes 1 - 2 weeks of recovery. He had a tight spot in the fat of his calf. Obviously in Harley's case, they'll be ultra cautious with this.  Harley was at training yesterday from all reports so I guess they'll continue to re-hab him, build him up and see how they go.

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23 minutes ago, Romey said:

This was nearly a week ago, at training.  He's been to sessions since,  I believe. 

I think its to be expected, that he will have little setbacks in his Re building of his lower legs,  and legs generally. 

They will need to adapt, with the missing parts influencing/altering his walking/running.

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Geez I hope this bloke makes it back.

There’d be nothing greater than to see him sprinting off the wing following broken play, in a tightly contested Grand Final, enter the forward fifty, look for pass options, and then slot the winner from a tight angle in the final seconds of the game. Next stop, Hollywood.

Short of that, I would love to see him as a regular in the red and the blue by round one next year.

It’d have to be one of AFL’s great comeback stories.

 

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Despite this set back I still want us to recruit him as a rookie. 

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A calf injury on already dodgy calves is a very worrying sign

Calf injuries can be bastards at the best of times.

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A fit and in form Harley would be a massive asset to our team.  Subject to the longer term medical prognosis being half sound (50/50), I'd be prepared to offer him a 12 month contract right now, just to ensure that he gets the best professional guidance and treatment throughout his rehab.  If he doesn't play a game this year, then so be it.  High risk, but very high potential reward.

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I liken this to GWS picking up Deledio. If he gets on the park consistenly, then there's real upside.

Deledio managed 7, 11 and 14 games in the three seasons he played for GWS.

If we get that or better from Bennell, we're well in front.

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I don’t think this experiment will get much further

Chronic injuries are what they are...

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Done! 

If he has done his calf with the current load of not much, he is finished. 

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39 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

I don’t think this experiment will get much further

Chronic injuries are what they are...

And MFCSS is what it is.

The guy has been through calf surgery in an effort to correct his issues and I imagine that the occasional minor calf strain would not be surprising over the recovery period. I’m obviously nowhere near being an expert in such matters, but I would think that such strains could be bought on by something as simple as a slight change in his gait due to compensating for the discomfort following surgery etc. Perhaps someone with knowledge in this field could provide an opinion? Weber?

Anyway, I think the upshot is that we persevere with him (he wasn’t expected to be anywhere near ready until at least mid season anyway), and give him every opportunity to prove himself. What exactly do we have to lose by doing that?

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15 minutes ago, hardtack said:

And MFCSS is what it is.

The guy has been through calf surgery in an effort to correct his issues and I imagine that the occasional minor calf strain would not be surprising over the recovery period. I’m obviously nowhere near being an expert in such matters, but I would think that such strains could be bought on by something as simple as a slight change in his gait due to compensating for the discomfort following surgery etc. Perhaps someone with knowledge in this field could provide an opinion? Weber?

Anyway, I think the upshot is that we persevere with him (he wasn’t expected to be anywhere near ready until at least mid season anyway), and give him every opportunity to prove himself. What exactly do we have to lose by doing that?

I did 10 years of Physio and numerous visits to hospital for surgery when i was a kid. I had my own rehab to deal with. 
 

if he is popping a calf now whilst doing mild training compared to Matchday Conditions, i don’t think he is going to make it. We cannot afford to carry a blank spot into the season

We need to win games, to regain some respect from last year 

MFCSS has nothing to do with it, and i do not subscribe to such tripe anyway

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Not much to the article. Once again our track reporters do a better job of reporting. 

Very possible that the reporters got the scoop by reading Demonland.

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I watched Harley closely on Wednesday, as reported in the Training thread. He trained for a long period and seemed to me to be developing confidence in his rehabilitation progress. I saw no sign of a set-back. If this report on SEN is about something that happened since Wednesday, well, so be it! But if it is a comment on a set back that happened before Wednesday I would say Harley is back on track!

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When I think of an injured calf I think of Veal scallopini.

It's a cruel world.

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20 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:
41 minutes ago, hardtack said:

 

I did 10 years of Physio and numerous visits to hospital for surgery when i was a kid. I had my own rehab to deal with. 
 

if he is popping a calf now whilst doing mild training compared to Matchday Conditions, i don’t think he is going to make it. We cannot afford to carry a blank spot into the season

Your experiences are not necessarily going to relate to what Bennell is going through now... different techniques and treatments now, no doubt. A mild calf sprain is hardly “popping a calf”... nothing personal, but as I said, I will wait for someone who is across treatments and causes from a practitioners POV.

From the moment the club offered him a spot training, they knew he would not be ready until at least mid season and probably not at all this season, so the “blank spot” you mention, is obviously not an issue for them. I’m sure they will make the decision, whatever it may be,  based on good medical advice, not what we supporters think. We have nothing to lose, but a hell of a lot to gain if he does have a positive outcome.

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24 minutes ago, hardtack said:

Your experiences are not necessarily going to relate to what Bennell is going through now... different techniques and treatments now, no doubt. A mild calf sprain is hardly “popping a calf”... nothing personal, but as I said, I will wait for someone who is across treatments and causes from a practitioners POV.

From the moment the club offered him a spot training, they knew he would not be ready until at least mid season and probably not at all this season, so the “blank spot” you mention, is obviously not an issue for them. I’m sure they will make the decision, whatever it may be,  based on good medical advice, not what we supporters think. We have nothing to lose, but a hell of a lot to gain if he does have a positive outcome.

Feel free to have your own opinion, as i have mine

we have a spot to lose if he doesn’t play

I value that...

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51 minutes ago, waynewussell said:

I watched Harley closely on Wednesday, as reported in the Training thread. He trained for a long period and seemed to me to be developing confidence in his rehabilitation progress. I saw no sign of a set-back. If this report on SEN is about something that happened since Wednesday, well, so be it! But if it is a comment on a set back that happened before Wednesday I would say Harley is back on track!

Pretty sure our own Demonland track watchers commented on this over a week ago.

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I’m no doctor and of course I defer to their better judgment...

 

but, keep him on.  


The ‘football is a business’ line is not entirely true.  Yes, it can be a cut-throat industry, but clubs must juggle between the business and human elements of their list management.  If the set-back is minor and it’s something that was expected over the course of a long rehab, then take the opportunity to throw your support behind a player who is on his last legs.

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Let’s just see how he is tracking come March 13 or whenever the lodgement closes.

Article on SEN had very little info in it and as we know the media love nothing more than knocking someone down. 

 

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