Dogs back Keath’s return for grand remaining
Western Bulldogs medical employees are ‘optimistic’ Alex Keath will probably be given the all clear to return from a hamstring harm in subsequent week’s AFL grand remaining in opposition to Melbourne.
Livewire small ahead Cody Weightman is obtainable for choice after lacking the preliminary-final thrashing of Port Adelaide underneath the league’s concussion protocols.
But Keath and Laitham Vandermeer each face health checks on their hamstring points subsequent week.
Key defender Keath pulled up tight late within the semi-final win over Brisbane and missed the preliminary remaining, however has made progress in current days.
The week off earlier than the grand remaining will give him time to show his health forward of a looming battle with Melbourne talls Ben Brown, Tom McDonald and Luke Jackson.
‘We did not need to take any dangers, so he did not play on the weekend,’ Bulldogs head of medical providers Chris Bell mentioned.
‘Alex is now away from signs and we’re at present reloading his velocity.
‘He will look to full practice subsequent week and we stay optimistic that he will probably be pulling the jumper on for the grand remaining.’
Keath’s more and more seemingly return means 2016 premiership participant Zaine Cordy may very well be this 12 months’s hard-luck story after his spectacular shutdown position on Port Adelaide’s Todd Marshall final week.
Vandermeer was substituted out of the preliminary remaining throughout the third quarter however is an opportunity to retain his place within the aspect.
The 22-year-old has performed all 5 matches since breaking back into the senior staff in spherical 22 after overcoming a knee harm that sidelined him for three months.
‘Laitham obtained a knock to his gluteal space (in opposition to Port Adelaide) which brought on some related hamstring fatigue,’ Bell mentioned.
‘Scans have since cleared him of any structural hamstring injury, so we’ll look to re-integrate Laitham back into full coaching on the finish of this week.’
Second-year ahead Weightman has kicked 26 objectives from 15 video games in a breakout marketing campaign.
The spring-heeled 20-year-old has change into an essential cog within the Bulldogs’ ahead construction throughout the second half of the season.
‘He has now handed all of his concussion checks and can look to reintegrate back into contact coaching on the finish of this week,’ Bell mentioned.
Weightman was changed within the beginning 22 in opposition to Port Adelaide by Jason Johannisen, who was the medical substitute per week earlier.
Anthony Scott crammed the sub position within the preliminary remaining and may very well be squeezed out.