For the second time in just over four weeks, 18-year-old Alex Neal-Bullen of the Melbourne Demons is suffering from a dislocated knee. However, the club is hoping that the youngster can rejoin the squad in about three week’s time. Neal-Bullen was chosen in the NAB AFL Draft last year with the 40th pick and the club has sent him for medical scans after his right knee gave out during a recent training session. While the young player won’t be somebody to back for this year’s BetEasy AFL Brownlow Medal, plenty of his Demons’ teammates could be worth considering.
The scans showed that Neal-Bullen didn’t suffer any structural damage following the incident and Josh Mahoney, the club’s football manager, told the media that the injury has been classified as a minor dislocation. Mahoney stated, “Alex had an incident at the end of training yesterday where he dislocated his patella. It’s the same knee that he dislocated pre-Christmas in a wrestling session, but this is only a minor dislocation and we’d expect him to recover quite quickly.”
Mahoney admitted that the team is concerned over Neal-Bullen’s most recent setback and is looking into the reason why he sustained the same injury within such a short period of time. Mahoney is hoping that Neal-Bullen will be ready to play in the upcoming NAB Challenge series which begins for the Demons on March 5th when they take on Fremantle. According to Mahoney, the club may have to alter the training program for Neal-Bullen when he returns to action. The football manager said, “There’s a few things we’ll have to add to his program to prevent this from happening again.”
After he suffered the first injury, Neal-Bullen began training with his teammates following the Christmas break and also took part in the team’s training camp on the Sunshine Coast at Maroochydore for the past two weeks. The product of Glenelg was expected to be chosen in the top 30 in the national draft and the club still believes he’ll be able to make his debut for the senior side this season. Punters and fans can back their favourites for the BetEasy AFL Brownlow Medal before the new season gets underway.