Experienced utility Matt Suckling looks set to spend a month on the sidelines, following a hamstring injury in Wednesday night’s defeat to Richmond.
The 32-year-old hobbled from the field in the first quarter and did not return.
Scans have revealed a moderate grade injury, which will see Suckling miss a significant period of football.
“During the first quarter in an acceleration effort, Matt suffered a hamstring injury,” medical services manager, Chris Bell, said.
“We’ll continue to assess Matt’s injury over the coming days, but expect him to miss the next four to six weeks.”
On a positive note, draftee Riley Garcia is set to play his first minutes in red, white and blue in a scratch match this weekend.
The 19-year-old joined the Bulldogs with pick 62 in last year’s draft, having undergone an ACL reconstruction midway through 2019.
“He’s worked really closely with Nick Stone and Shane O’Sullivan over the last (nine) months and his rehab has gone really smoothly,” Bell said
“He’s jumped every hurdle and ticked every box we’ve asked him to.
“I’m glad to say that this weekend, Riley will be available for selection and play limited minutes in our scratch match.”
Riley Garcia (knee) – Available
Tory Dickson (quad) – Test
Josh Dunkley (ankle) – Test
Callum Porter (shoulder) – Test
Josh Schache (concussion) – Test
Aaron Naughton (ankle) – 1-2 weeks
Lin Jong (ankle) – 3-4 weeks
Taylor Duryea (quad) – 3-4 weeks
Matt Suckling (hamstring) – 4-6 weeks