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Medical update: Naughton, Morris in the mix

Medical Room | Morris making strong progress Find out the latest Bulldogs injury news on Dale Morris, Matthew Suckling, Aaron Naughton, Easton Wood, Lukas Webb, Jack Macrae and Toby McLean.

Western Bulldogs Medical Services Manager Chris Bell has provided an update to on the Club’s injury list.

Dale Morris: “Making a fantastic recovery following his arthroscope that repaired the meniscus in his knee. 

“We're going to work through a process with Dale this week and be really objective to make sure he's ready to return to play.  We hope to come up with a clear time line of that in the next couple of days.”

Matt Suckling:  “Has suffered some ongoing achilles soreness since the round 9 Adelaide game in the wet.  We've made the most of the mid-season break to take some load out of his achilles. 

“At this stage we're getting him back into some training and we're going to monitor his achilles to make sure it's tolerating those loads.  We'll make a decision on Matt's return to play in coming days. “

Aaron Naughton: “Has had a really good block of training over the last three weeks since we managed him from his ankle injury and minor quad tightness. 

“At this stage he's going to come back into full training this week and if he ticks all of our boxes he'll return to availability this weekend.”

Easton Wood: “Was involved in an incident on the weekend where he was running at full speed and then tripped over someone's leg. 

“This caused him to land awkwardly and overstretch his hamstring.  This mechanism has caused a high-grade hamstring injury.  At this stage we're going to manage Easton conservatively but expect him to still miss the next 10-12 weeks.”

Lukas Webb: “Was involved in a tackle on the weekend where he broke a small bone in his thumb.  He did get through the game but this bone did require surgery when we got down to Melbourne.

“At this stage he's come in really well following the operation but we still expect him to miss the next three weeks of footy.”

Jack Macrae: “In the final minutes of the second quarter on the weekend Jackson Macrae went to do a sprint and felt some awareness in upper part of his hamstring. 

“Our clinical tests at half time did show us he might have a low level strain there.  Then when we fitness tested him after the break he could not get to full speed and he did have some pain when he went to sprint. 

“MRI have since confirmed that he does have a low grade hamstring injury and that he's probably going to miss the next three weeks.”

Toby McLean: “Was involved in a collision early in the game on the weekend where he hurt his shoulder. He did get through the game and he's come in quite well today. 

“We'll work through a process with Toby over the next couple of days to determine his availability this weekend.”

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