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Defensive duo set to return

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The Western Bulldogs could welcome back defenders Jason Johannisen and Dale Morris this weekend if the pair pass fitness tests according to head physiotherapist Chris Bell.

Johannisen has missed the past two weeks with a hamstring complaint but looks set to return against Port Adelaide in Ballarat on Saturday.

“Jason Johannisen didn’t quite pass our final fitness test going into the main training session last week," Bell told

“He completed a good footy session on the weekend and got through that really well so we’ll look at him this week.  If he completes our main training session as we’ve got planned he’ll be available this weekend.”

Defender Dale Morris continues to mark rapid progress recovering from the broken arm he suffered against the Suns in Round 18, with Bell optimistic he’ll be available for selection this weekend.

“He’s back into full training this week which is fantastic,” he said.

“We’ve just got to tick some final boxes with Dale but we’re all optimistic he’s going to be available to play this weekend."

The Bulldogs defensive stocks could also be boosted by Marcus Adams in coming weeks as the West Australian recovers from a foot injury.

“In some great news Marcus Adams is back into some football training,” Bell said.

“We’re working through a process now to rebuild his match fitness.  At this stage we’re hoping he’s going to present to be available in the next two to three weeks.”

In further good news from the Club ruckman Tom Campbell is expected to return this weekend after recovering from an abdominal tear.

“At this stage if he full trains this week as we planned and he pulls up really well he’ll be available this weekend.”