Dangerfield lasted less than a quarter before going off with a hamstring injury. (AAP: Joe Castro)
The Geelong Cats are sweating on Patrick Dangerfield’s scans, with the AFL star unsure how long his first hamstring injury will keep him out of action.
AFL tweet: Patrick Dangerfield pulled up short after a kick late in the first quarter and got some treatment in the rooms #JLTSeries
The 2016 Brownlow Medallist suffered the injury late in the first quarter of Sunday’s pre-season loss to Essendon.
“I will wait until [Tuesday] and see how it is, it feels pretty good,” Dangerfield said at Geelong’s headquarters on Monday.
“I’ve never done a hammy before, so without having done one, it’s hard to say where it’s at.”
It puts Dangerfield in significant doubt for the Cats’ March 25 season opener against Melbourne at the MCG.
Fellow Cats star Gary Ablett has also missed the team’s two pre-season games with a hamstring injury, but is more likely to be ready for round one.
“It’s not ideal — that being said, there are far more people in worse situations than I am,” Dangerfield said.
“You need a little bit of perspective I think.”
Dangerfield made a show of trying to evade the waiting media at the Cats’ headquarters on Monday, filming his attempt to escape without an interview for Instagram.
“I’m all for greater media access, but this is just too much fun — I think we’ve found a way to exit [Kardinia Park without being found],” he said.
Tracked down by reporters, Dangerfield blamed his father John for the failure of his plan.
“There comes a time in everyone’s life you have to realise you’ve been caught,” he said.
“It hurts, it pains me to say this — I feel like my getaway driver perhaps could have been better.”