Western Bulldogs midfielder Lukas Webb has been given the all-clear following a neck injury he sustained last year.
Webb was placed in a brace after he sustained a compression injury in his neck while playing in the VFL in July last year.
Scans last week revealed the injury had fully healed, paving the way for him to step up his training in preparation for the 2019 season.
“It’s really exciting for Lukas, after being in the hard collar for the last six months,” said Bulldogs’ Medical Services Manager Chris Bell.
“Now we’re able to put a plan around his return to football, and at this stage it looks like that’ll happen in the next six to eight weeks.”
The Bulldogs will take a more conservative approach with Tom Boyd, as he continues his recovery from a back injury.
“Tom has continued to suffer some lower back symptoms from the injury that ended his 2018 season,” Bell said.
“He’s got some really good continuity in his running under his belts, but he’s unable to return back to footy loads.
“We’re going to be really conservative with our management of Tom and respect his symptoms, and we’re just going to progress him when we’re able to.”
The Dogs’ top pick in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, Bailey Smith, is almost ready to integrate into the full training group, after spending the first few months of his AFL journey in the rehab group.
“In his 2018 TAC Cup year Bailey had a really chronic achilles tendon injury,” Bell said.
“Since coming into our program he’s been in rehab, but he’s progressed really well and has been very diligent with his program.
“At this stage he’s reintegrating back into our full squad, and we’ll see him in full training in the next week or two.”