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Cooney to get German treatment

ADAM Cooney will travel to Germany next week for specialist treatment on his problematic right knee before joining his Western Bulldogs teammates in London.

Cooney will consult a leading knee specialist and spend several days in Duesseldorf, but is expected to then start pre-season training on schedule.

The 26-year-old did not require surgery at the end of last season, avoiding it for the first time in four years, and will not have any in Germany. The treatment will be similar to that which former Geelong defender Max Rooke had for his chronic hamstring injury.

Cooney cracked his kneecap late in 2008, just weeks before winning the Brownlow Medal, and has struggled to capture his best form since.

After several weeks off midway through last season, he returned in the final month of the season, with his 28 and 29-possession games in the final two rounds giving his club heart.

Cooney, whose close friend Brian Lake moved to Hawthorn early in the trade period, will travel to London to train with his teammates before their exhibition match against Port Adelaide on November 3.

The Bulldogs will start their pre-season in Britain and also use their time overseas to visit soccer clubs Chelsea, Manchester City, Fulham and Liverpool.