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AFL 2017 Training - Western Bulldogs 180717

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs in action during the Western Bulldogs training session at Whitten Oval on July 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

While the loss of vice-captain Easton Wood to a serious hamstring injury will hurt, they should regain several important players for Friday night's huge clash with Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium.

Luke Beveridge mentioned defenders Fletcher Roberts and Kieran Collins as potential replacements.

Jason Johannisen, a late withdrawal from the weekend's win over the Brisbane Lions, should overcome a hamstring complaint, while dynamic forward Jake Stringer should return after three weeks on the sidelines with the same injury.

Goalsneak Tory Dickson will need to pass a fitness test after hurting a quad at training last week, while tough midfielder Mitch Honeychurch is expected to be available after a facial infection saw him miss the past two weeks.