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Knee sidelines Dahl, Adams likely for Cats

Get the latest injury news on Luke Dahlhaus, Marcus Adams, Jason Johannisen and more.

Luke Dahlhaus will spend the next three weeks in a knee brace, after incurring a injury to the medial ligament in his left knee in Saturday’s game. 

Dahlhaus injured his knee in the first quarter against Port Adelaide during the Bulldogs three-point win on Saturday.

“Luke injured the medial ligament of his knee,” Lowe told westernbulldogs.com.au on Tuesday afternoon. 

“He’s going to be in a brace for the next three weeks and we’ll reassess him once that brace has been removed with a view to progressing his training and we’ll update with a return to play from there.”

Marcus Adams was a late withdrawal against the Power after rolling his ankle the day before the game, but Lowe said he expects the first year defender to be available for selection against Geelong on Saturday night.

“Despite reports, Marcus rolled his ankle, a minor injury, during the Captain’s Run on the Friday afternoon before the game. 

“He’s come in well this week and our expectation is that if he ticks all the right boxes and he progresses through training he’ll be available for selection this weekend.”

In more positive news, Lowe said the Club expects to welcome back a raft of players following the bye, including speedster Jason Johannnisen.

“JJ, Luke Goetz, Koby Stevens and Roarke Smith are all going to be available based on their current training projections to be available for selection after the bye.”

Lowe also said both Clay Smith and Zaine Cordy made successful returns from injury for Footscray on Saturday at VU Whitten Oval.

Smith was particularly impressive with 36 disposals in his first game following his third ACL repair on his right knee.

“It was really exciting and everyone was really pleased to see Clay back and obviously having an impact on the game in the way he did after such a long break. 

“So he’s progressed really well back into playing and it’s great to welcome him back into the fold.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Hrovat has undergone surgery on his injured shoulder.

“Nathan has had a successful AC surgery on his shoulder.  

“He’s presented back well to the Club and obviously he’s got rehab to progress through but certainly the surgery went well, so there’s some good signs there for a positive recovery.”

 

 

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