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Hahn hoping to start AFL season for Dogs

By Roger Vaughan 14/03/2010 08:25:48 PM Comments (0)

Western Bulldogs forward Mitch Hahn might play in round one of the AFL season, despite being injured in a collision with teammate Barry Hall.

The pair collided in a marking contest during Saturday night's pre-season cup final win over St Kilda.

Hahn suffered a fractured eye socket and mild concussion, while Hall was only winded, with coach Rodney Eade saying immediately after the match Hahn would need surgery.

But the news on Sunday was more promising, with no operation required and Hahn still in contention for the March 28 opener against Collingwood at Etihad Stadium.

"Hahn, who spent the night in hospital, will not require surgery and was cleared of any further damage," the club said in a statement.

"He is expected to resume training this week and is still in consideration for round one."

Hall said he had no idea he and Hahn had collided in the incident.

"I didn't actually see what happened - I've seen a pack of players and obviously there was a heavy collision, I winded myself as well," Hall said.

"I didn't actually know it was Mitch ... I was just going for the footy."

Hahn had been among the Bulldogs' best until the clash, while Hall kicked seven goals and was best afield in the 40-point win.

"You want your players to go for the ball, don't you - you're not going to ask them to pull out," Eade said.

"Unfortunately, Mitch copped one."

In other Bulldogs injury news, Callan Ward (groin) and Nathan Eagleton (hamstring) will have scans on Monday.

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