The Western Bulldogs have confirmed first-year player Patrick Lipinski will require surgery after suffering a fractured collar bone in Footscray’s win over Werribee on Saturday.

Bulldogs Head Physiotherapist and Medical Services Manager Chris Bell said Lipinski would undergo surgery this week.

“After gaining a surgical opinion, we’ve confirmed the best management option for Pat is for surgery to realign and fixate the fracture.

“Pat will undergo surgery this week and we’ll have a time frame for his return in the coming days.”

In positive news, Mitch Wallis is likely to return through the VFL this week after recovering from a broken leg in round 18 last year.

“Mitch has progressed through a comprehensive rehabilitation program and is in line to be available for selection this week at VFL level,” Bell said.

“Mitch has excelled through his final stages of rehab and it’s testament to his hard work and dedication.”

In further positive news, Tory Dickson will return to full training this week after an abdominal injury.

“We’ve been cautious in Tory’s rehab to ensure he regains some continuity in his training.

“We’ll continue to monitor Tory throughout the week to dictate his availability through the VFL this week.”