The Western Bulldogs could welcome back a host of stars in time for their clash against West Coast at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.
Over the past fortnight, several players have been affected by the flu, with duo Taylor Duryea and Tim English recovering well over the weekend.
“Taylor and Tim were able to complete a game like training session on the weekend,” Head of Sports Medicine, Chris Bell said.
“Both players are back to full energy and knocking down the door to be considered this week.”
“If both get through training this week like I expect, both will return to availability.”
“Jason Johannisen is a day or two behind (with a similar illness) but has turned the corner and is back into a full training model.”
“We will determine JJ’s plan and if he pulls on the jumper over the coming days.”
After breaking his collarbone against Port Adelaide three weeks ago, Cody Weightman is a chance to feature at some level this week.
“Cody has progressed faster than expected following his collarbone fracture,” Bell said.
“He has regained full function and strength of his shoulder and the surgeon is happy with his progress.”
“He still needs to tick some boxes throughout this week and get through a solid main training session on Wednesday before we decide if he returns to availability this weekend.”
In more positive news for the Bulldogs, the Club came through both AFL and VFL games without any serious injury concerns.
Tim English (Illness): test
Jason Johannisen (Calf): test
Cody Weightman (Collarbone): test
Taylor Duryea (Illness): test
Mitch Wallis (Foot): test
Riley Garcia (Knee): 1-2 weeks
Stefan Martin (Shoulder): 1-2 weeks
Josh Bruce (Knee): 4-5 weeks
Toby McLean (Knee): 4-5 weeks
Laitham Vandermeer (Hamstring); 5-6 weeks
Mitch Hannan (Concussion): indefinite
Lachie Hunter (Personal): indefinite