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Medical update: Trio of Dogs to face tests

Medical Room | Latest on Smith, Adams, Gowers and Campbell Find out the latest Bulldogs injury news on Roarke Smith, Marcus Adams, Billy Gowers and Tom Campbell.

Roarke Smith, Marcus Adams and Billy Gowers all face tests to prove their fitness ahead of Sunday’s clash with North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

Smith suffered an concussion in the early stages of Saturday night’s win over St.Kilda, and medical services manager Chris Bell has told that the Club will be cautious with the 21-year-old before giving him the all-clear to return.

“He's come in quite well today but we'll need to be conservative in our management of Roarke over the next week,” he said.

“We'll go through our process of tests to make an accurate decision on his return to play plan.”

A rotator cuff injury kept Marcus Adams on the sidelines last week, but according to Bell he’ll come into consideration if he ticks the right boxes.

“We're going to work with Marcus this week to determine his availability,” Bell said.

“But he'd have to come back with full strength and function (in his shoulder) so we'll work through a process over the next couple of days.”

Livewire forward Billy Gowers is also close to selection, with the Club’s current leading goal-kicker recovering well for an ankle injury.

“He completed a great footy session on the weekend,” Bell said. 

“He's still got a fair few boxes for us to tick this Thursday, but once he gets through those tests we'll determine his availability.”

Ruckman Tom Campbell is expected to be available after he was a late withdrawal from Saturday’s win over Frankston.