Western Bulldogs utility Mitch Hannan could return to playing within the next month.
The 28-year-old hasn’t featured since round three against Sydney, but Head of Sports Medicine, Chris Bell, says he has turned a corner in recent weeks.
“Mitch has unfortunately missed a big chunk of the year with some persistent symptoms relating to a delayed concussion,” Bell said.
“He has progressed really well in the last couple of weeks and has started to integrate back into training.
“We’re optimistic that Mitch will return to playing in the first few weeks after the bye.”
Duo Josh Bruce and Toby McLean are also on track to returning in the first few games after the round 13 bye, while midfielder Bailey Smith is expected to be available for this Friday night against Geelong.
“Toby and Josh are both in the final stages of their rehab and are building some continuity in their football training,” Bell said.
“Because both have serious knee injuries, we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to minimise their risk and optimise their performance.
“They still have a couple of boxes to tick before we declare them available, but we’ll expect to see this in the first few weeks after the bye.
“Bailey missed the game on the weekend due to a bad dose of the flu. He’s back on track, and if he gets through full training this week as I expect, will return to availability.”
Bailey Smith (illness) – test
Riley Garcia (knee) – 1 week
Stefan Martin (shoulder) – 1-2 weeks
Josh Bruce (knee) – 2-3 weeks
Toby McLean (knee) – 2-3 weeks
Mitch Hannan (concussion) – 2-3 weeks
Laith Vandermeer (hamstring) – 4-5 weeks
Lachie Hunter (personal) – indefinite