The Western Bulldogs have confirmed forward Stewart Crameri will miss at least two weeks of football after sustaining a hip flexor injury during Friday’s VFL clash with Box Hill.
Speaking with westernbulldogs.com.au on Tuesday, Head Physiotherapist/Medical Services Manager Chris Bell said that Crameri will be reassessed in a weeks’ time.
“Stewart returned to play on the weekend following a hip joint complaint that he had the previous week, [but] unfortunately Stewart strained a hip flexor during the game,” Bell said.
“He won’t be available this week but will be assessed the following week to determine his availability.”
Ruckman Tom Boyd remains in the mix to face Brisbane on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium, but will be assessed later in the week before a final call is made on his availability.
“Tom received a knock to his cheekbone in the first quarter on the weekend,’’ Bell said.
“He developed some concussive symptoms during the quarter time break and we were forced to remove Tom from the game, but he’s come in well this week and he’ll be assessed and monitored over the coming days to dictate his availability this week.”
One man who will be missing on the weekend is fellow big man Travis Cloke, with the Club confirming a rib fracture that will sideline him for an extended period.
“As confirmed on the weekend, Travis received an impact to his chest that has fractured two of his ribs.
“At this stage we anticipate him missing four to six weeks.”
In better news, Bell has confirmed that Dale Morris is making encouraging progress from a leg injury suffered in the Club’s round one win over Collingwood, with the veteran expected to return within a month.
“Dale is progressing really well from his fractured fibular that he sustained in round one.
“He is progressing to running on the Alt-G gravity machine this week and will be gradually progressed to running outside next week.
“He’s on track with our return-to-play timeline of three to four weeks.’’