“We have to be patient and we are being patient. We are not going to rush it regardless of results [on the field].
“We will see him play a lot of footy for our football club, if that takes a while to get to that stage then it takes a while.
“But the way he is going about it, his attitude, and just looking at his knee it is the best it has looked.”
Curnow has been managing multiple setbacks from an original dislocated knee cap then a fracture of the knee cap and cartilage problems under the knee. He had difficulty training on hard surfaces.
His latest setback happened when he injured the knee when having a light kick with his brother. He had surgery and has been painstakingly recovering since then, with a fracture specialist reportedly consulted to oversee his recovery.
Meanwhile, Treloar will miss the club’s pre-season practice match.
“With Adam’s history of soft tissue injuries, we’re taking a conservative approach with him at this stage of the pre-season,” head of sports medical, Chris Bell, said.
“We have been proactive with managing Adam’s calf tightness over the past fortnight. His recovery is progressing and we anticipate he will return to full training over the next couple of weeks.”
The Bulldogs’ AFL season-opener on March 19 is against his former side, Collingwood, which rancourously traded him out at the end of last year and who will be paying a large amount of his contract at the Bulldogs for several years.
The Dogs are due to play Melbourne in a Community Series match on March 8. It appears doubtful Treloar will play in that practice match.
The explosive midfielder played just 10 games for the Magpies last year after twice suffering hamstring troubles. He didn’t miss a game in 2019 but in 2018 required surgery after tearing the hamstrings in both legs in the one incident that sidelined him for two months.
Michael Gleeson is an award-winning senior sports writer specialising in AFL and athletics.