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July 17, 2017 5:07 PM

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Bulldogs forward Jake Stringer is set to miss at least a fortnight of football with a hamstring strain.

Western Bulldogs forward Jake Stringer will miss at least a fortnight of football with a hamstring strain, the Club today confirmed.

Stringer could be seen reaching for his left hamstring during the second quarter in the Club’s 20-point win over the Blues. 

The 23-year-old left the ground and didn’t return

“We’ve assessed Jake today and can confirm he does have a hamstring strain,” Head Physiotherapist Chris Bell told westernbulldogs.com.au.

“We’re going to put a structure around Jake but at this stage, we imagine he will miss the next two to three games of football.”

Veteran defender Matthew Boyd missed the weekend’s game with an achilles complaint but could still come into the selection frame for the Club’s trip to Cairns according to Bell.  

“Matthew Boyd pulled up with some achilles soreness following the heavy, wet deck in Adelaide, he said. 

“He’s continued to improve this week and we’ll wait to the back end of this week to make a decision on his availability.”

Both Tom Campbell and Josh Dunkley have returned to training following an abdominal strain and shoulder reconstruction respectively, with Campbell inching closer to a return.

“Tom has started to turn the corner following his abdominal tendon sprain which is really good to see, Bell said.

“We’ll look to progress Tom over the next two to three weeks to get him back into availability.”

However midfielder Brad Lynch looks set for an extended stint on the sidelines after injuring a hamstring in the VFL on the weekend.

“I’ve assessed Brad today and can confirm he does have a moderate grade hamstring injury, Bell said.

“Since he’s the type of athlete that involves a lot of high speed with his game, we’re going to have to be really careful with Brad’s reload and at this stage I’m anticipating that he’ll miss the next 6-7 weeks of footy.”