Western Bulldogs premiership-winning utility Toby McLean has suffered a suspected ACL injury, souring his side's hot start against Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval.
McLean goaled in the first 18 seconds of the match but his joy was tempered a few minutes later when his right knee was caught under big Hawk Jonathon Ceglar in a tackle.
McLean was in clear discomfort and eventually stretchered off the ground, delaying play by almost four minutes.
Toby McLean grimaces in pain. Credit:Getty Images
It was the only thing that hasn't gone the way of the rampant Dogs, who lead Hawthorn comfortably by 40 points at half-time.
Bulldogs general manager of football Chris Maple told Channel Seven at quarter-time that the club was expecting the worst.
"They're still doing some tests on him but it doesn't sound good," Maple said.
"At this stage we're a bit concerned it could be a bad one."
The Bulldogs showed no ill effects from McLean's absence, affording the downtrodden Hawks no mercy in a dominant first half.
Jason Johannisen slotted two fine first-quarter goals to help the Dogs to an 18-point lead at the first change and Hawthorn had no answers for Marcus Bontempelli, Caleb Daniel, Tom Liberatore, Jack Macrae, Bailey Smith, who had their way with their opponents.
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