Phil’s fitness battle

COUNTDOWN: Phil Bellingham has been churning through the kilometres in a bid to be fit for the Kangaroo Hoppet.

AUSSIE favourite for the Kangaroo Hoppet Phil Bellingham is in a race against time to be fit for the nation’s biggest cross country ski race this Saturday.

The Sochi Olympian is battling for fitness after a footy injury turned into a major medical scare.

Bellingham was playing for Dederang/Mt Beauty in the Tallangatta League, he turned out to be the club’s biggest vote-getter in the Barton medal count, when he picked up a “corkie” in his leg.

He knew something was wrong when we went for a ski the next day.

A “massive” hematoma has developed around the injury, the pool of blood leading to an infection with the growing fear it could stop the blood flow to the leg altogether.

Bellingham was in and out of hospital for weeks as he rode a health scare rollercoaster.

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