Western Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore will continue to be monitored this week after being placed in concussion protocols.

It means the vice-captain will be unavailable for Thursday night’s fixture against St Kilda, as confirmed over the weekend.

“In the dying minutes of the game, Tom seemingly innocuously went to ground,” Bulldogs’ Head of Sports Medicine, Chris Bell, explained.


“On reviewing the game footage, this was within minutes of some incidental contact in a contest.

“Although Tom didn’t report any obvious concussion symptoms post-game and passed the head injury assessment, we want to be conservative and thorough in Tom’s assessment and management.

“Tom has been placed in the AFL concussion protocols, and we will work through a process across this week to ensure that we make accurate decisions regarding his return to play plan, with his health and wellbeing our absolute priority.”

Rory Lobb and Anthony Scott have been cleared of any serious structural damage, following their respective ankle injuries in the VFL.

“Both Anthony and Rory finished the VFL game prematurely after suffering ankle sprain-type injuries,” Bell said.

“Although they are both expectedly sore with some associated swelling, scans have cleared them of any serious structural damage.

“We will need to work through a process with them both across this week to determine their availability.”

Injury List

Rory Lobb (ankle) –  Test
Anthony Scott (ankle) – Test
Tom Liberatore (concussion) – 1 week
Lachie Smith (knee) – 1-2 weeks
Nick Coffield (shoulder) – 8-10 weeks
Aiden O’Driscoll (concussion) – indefinite
Bailey Smith (ACL) - season