Medical staff help Matthew Kreuzer off the ground after he injured his ankle. Picture: Michael Klein
Medical staff help Matthew Kreuzer off the ground after he injured his ankle. Picture: Michael Klein

Blues count cost after Kreuzer injury blow

Luckless Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer has suffered a fresh injury blow, but the Blues are confident they have the depth to cover the injury.

Kreuzer landed awkwardly in a ruck contest during the opening quarter of Thirsday night's match against Richmond, appearing to roll his left ankle.

He limped from the ground and was on crutches soon after.

Carlton coach David Teague said the Blues were unsure of the severity of the injury but he felt for the injury-prone Kreuzer.

"It's a foot. That's what I've told," Teague said.

"You have pre-seasons, you want to play football. These are football players. They want to play. Kreuz has had a tough run. He had a pretty good pre-season but his body didn't get through today and we'll move on.

"We're pretty lucky at the moment we've got Marc Pittonet and Tom De Koning both close. We were umming and ahhing who we went for in the ruck this week. In the past with Kreuzer it was probably hands down we were playing him, but at the moment we've got competition for those sport."

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The fresh injury is importantly to Kreuzer's left foot - not the right foot which he fractured in both 2014 and 2015.

Kreuzer has missed 15 games through injury over the past two years.

Richmond was also dealt an injury blow in the season opener, losing defender Nick Vlastuin to a concussion.

Under new AFL concussion rules, players must pass concussion testing five days before their next game in order to be cleared to play.

"We'll let the doctor do what he does and he'll have an assessment during the week,"

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said.

"We know what those guidelines are and our Docs are pretty good with that."

Originally published as Blues count cost after Kreuzer injury blow


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