Sidelined by ankle injury

May 30, 2018

Comeback story: Shepparton's Matt Shannon was impressive in a return from a lower leg injury.

Injury-cursed Tatura speedster Matt Shannon is set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after a sickening ankle injury in his side’s five-goal win against Seymour on Saturday.

In just his second game at the club since joining from Shepparton, Shannon’s ankle appeared to give way while he laid a tackle in the fourth quarter.

It quickly became a sombre scene at Tatura Park, with an ambulance called to take him to hospital.

Tatura president John Maher said the injury was a suspected dislocated ankle.

‘‘It was just in the course of the game, he was tackling a player and landed awkwardly,’’ Maher said.

‘‘As soon as the players realised his foot was pointing in a different direction, it was a pretty sad situation.’’

Seymour coach Jason Cole was disappointed to see one of his peers go down.

‘‘It was pretty ordinary to see poor Matty Shannon go down like that and I certainly wish him all the best,’’ Cole said.

‘‘He was laying the tackle and just got caught up in it.

‘‘Stuff like that is never good to see and hopefully he has a speedy recovery.’’

In a continuation of a horror run, it is Shannon’s second long-term injury with the Bulldogs after a hand injury delayed his debut until round six against Mooroopna.

He also missed last season’s Goulburn Valley League decider for Shepparton with a foot injury.

It is an immense loss to Tatura’s emerging group of stars, with Shannon having made the club’s leadership group in his first pre-season there.

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