West Coast midfielder Sam Mitchell is in doubt for his side’s trip to the MCG on Sunday to face his former club Hawthorn, after fearing he had broken his leg in the Eagles’ win over Sydney on Thursday night.
Mitchell has been in the recovery rooms since the incident, and told AFL.com.au he thought he was in real trouble just a couple of days ago.
“It’s OK. It’s not 100 per cent, but it’s better than it was,” Mitchell told AFL.com.au.
“If you had of asked me on Saturday morning I would have said ‘I’m in a fair bit of trouble for a few weeks’, but it’s come good the last couple of days so fingers crossed.
“I’m not ruled out at this stage, so I’m working towards it.
“They gave me a pretty good machine that does compression and ice, so there’s been a couple of long nights.
“It was pretty sore for the first 48 hours, so I was up most of the night trying to ice it and I couldn’t put any weight on it.
“I was on crutches for a couple of days. Now I can weight-bear again and now I’m just trying to get the range of movement and get rid of a bit more of the swelling.”
Mitchell’s twisted his ankle after fellow Eagle Jack Redden hit it with a swinging leg, and was taken from the ground before returning in the second half and playing out the match.
The 34-year-old admitted he thought he broke his leg after suffering the injury, and is thankful that wasn’t the case.
“To be honest, when I first did it I thought ‘Yeah, I’ve broken my leg here’,” he said.
“I knew it wasn’t good.
“As I went down I thought ‘Gee, I’ve snapped my shin’. I felt it and it was all there and in place.
“It wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”
The former Hawk is now in doubt for West Coast’s clash against his old side, and said coming up against players he’s been friends with for years would be a different experience.
“If the ball is in between me or Roughy, or me and lots of the boys that are there that you’re still mates with and talk with all the time, that would certainly be different,” he said.
“Even going to Melbourne and seeing the fans. If the ankle comes good and I’m right to go, then it will certainly be an interesting experience.”