MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats comes off the ground injured during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Kane Cornes: ‘He does exaggerate injuries’

Former Port Adelaide player, Kane Cornes, says Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield has a history of exaggerating minor injuries.

Cornes’ comments come after Dangerfield produced a stunning display up forward for Geelong yesterday, finishing with 5.6 playing the majority of the game at full forward after injuring his lower leg/ankle in the first term.

Dangerfield went down clutching his ankle and calling for the trainers, appearing in serious pain after his foot collided with Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead’s leg, as he attempted to smother the Geelong midfielder’s kick.

The Brownlow Medalist was helped from the ground and he went straight down to the rooms for treatment, before returning for the final few minutes of the quarter.

He managed to play out the remainder of the match at full forward, albeit with restricted movement, where he dominated with 11 shots on goal, despite limping at times throughout the match.

Speaking on Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show on Sunday morning, Cornes suggested Dangerfield may have exaggerated the injury.

“He does exaggerate injuries,” Cornes said.

“In his time at Adelaide, his teammates had to sit him down and say, ‘Look, you do carry on a little bit with your injuries’.

“And he does (carry on), so I’d be surprised if he missed with that injury yesterday.”

Geelong is yet to confirm the precise injury Dangerfield suffered, with the 27-year-old set to undergo scans on Monday.

The Cats face Dangerfield’s former club, Adelaide, on Friday night.

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