MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - OCTOBER 01: Luke Dahlhaus of the Bulldogs (L) and Tom Liberatore (C) celebrate the win after the final siren during the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Bulldogs mid could have missed Grand Final after injuring ankle in prelim final celebrations

Reports emerged on Sunday evening that Western Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore played the Grand Final with an ankle injury.

Liberatore needed pain killers to play through the match after suffering the injury while celebrating the preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney last Saturday night.

He twisted his ankle while involved a jubilant hug with three teammates after the final siren at Spotless Stadium.

The 24-year-old was unable to train early in the week, but recovered to collect 22 disposals, eight tackles and eight clearances during the game.

Stand-in skipper Easton Wood also required pain killing injections in his ankle to order to play in each of the Bulldogs’ finals matches.

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