Midfielder Bailey Smith looks set to return from a hip issue in time to face the Sydney Swans on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old suffered some soreness last week and no risks were taken during round two.

“Bailey reported some hip soreness following the main training session and didn’t play on the weekend,” Bulldogs’ Head of Sports Medicine, Chris Bell said.

“Those symptoms are fully settled, and he trained today without any issue.”


Forward Aaron Naughton sustained a calf cork in a marking contest against Carlton and will be given every chance to tackle the Swans.

Naughton suffered some bleeding in the calf and a decision on his availability will be made in the next 24 hours.

Hayden Crozier continues to recover from his fainting incident during half-time of the Carlton clash.

The dashing defender still needs to be cleared of follow-up testing before he can be deemed fit to play on Thursday.

“Just after the half time break when the players were due to run out on the weekend, Hayden Crozier had a fainting episode,” Bell said.

“This is very unusual for Hayden. We are working through a series of tests to exclude any serious contributing factors.”

“Once we get those test results this week, we will determine his availability to play.”

Injury list (at March 28)

Hayden Crozier (illness) - TEST
Aaron Naughton (calf) – TEST
Jason Johannisen (calf) - 2-3 weeks
Josh Bruce (knee) – 4-5 months
Toby McLean (knee) – 4-5 months
Sam Darcy (foot) – Indefinite