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Boyd, Campbell cleared for selection

March 20, 2017 5:38 PM

Medical Room: Duo cleared to face Pies Thanks to Melrose Health, find out the latest Bulldogs injury news on Jordan Roughead, Tom Campbell, Matthew Boyd and Tim English ahead of the season opener against Collingwood
AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - Western Bulldogs v Melbourne

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Tom Campbell of the Bulldogs and Jake Spencer of the Demons compete in a ruck contest during the AFL 2017JLT Community Series match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at VU Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Defender Matthew Boyd and ruckman Tom Campbell have been cleared for selection ahead of this week's season opening game against Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night. 

Medical Services Manager Chris Bell said a severe laceration received by Boyd in the Bulldogs' JLT Community Series win over Gold Coast had healed well.

"Boyd sustained a severe laceration to his ear in the game. The stitches have since been removed and the ear's healed really well. He's back into full training mode and available to play this week."

Meanwhile, Tom Campbell, who rolled his ankle in an intra-club match several weeks ago, has also recovered well, said Bell.

"Tom's completed the final stages of his rehabilitation following his ankle injury. He's resumed full training and will be available this week."

Campbell's fellow ruckmen Jordan Roughead and first-year player Tim English are also in recovery mode.

Roughead sustained an unusual injury - an avulsion of three tendons to the inside part of his knee - in the Bulldogs opening JLT match against Melbourne, but his rehabilitation is progressing well.

"Jordan has progressed well from his injury. He started running today and he'll be systematically progressed over the next couple of weeks, so we can be more accurate with his return to play timeline in the next few weeks. 

English pulled up sore after the Bulldogs' VFL recent hit-out against Richmond and will be given time to recover.

"Tim has sustained some minor bone soreness to the inside part of his shin following the last VFL game. He'll be managed conservatively, and that will involve a period of time off legs, and he'll be assessed in the coming days [with a view] to return to some training."