Young gun Laitham Vandermeer and experienced finals performer Matt Suckling could give the Western Bulldogs a selection dilemma – of the positive variety – for Saturday’s elimination final against St Kilda at The Gabba.
Both will potentially be available to face the Saints, as they complete the final stages of their recovery from hamstring injuries.
Vandermeer has played 12 matches in 2020, after making his AFL debut in round two.
The 21-year-old hasn’t played since being injured in round 14 in Geelong, but will have had five weeks to recover when Saturday’s game comes around.
Suckling could also return, to feature in his seventh AFL finals campaign.
The 32-year-old missed the Bulldogs’ round 18 win against Fremantle but could add to the talent at senior coach Luke Beveridge’s disposal if he comes through Wednesday’s training session strongly.
Star forward Mitch Wallis will also be tested at Wednesday’s session, with all signs pointing to him being available – alongside fellow forward Aaron Naughton – after picking up a shoulder injury late in the win against the Dockers.
Aaron Naughton (cheekbone) – available
Matt Suckling (hamstring) – test
Laitham Vandermeer (hamstring) – test
Mitch Wallis (shoulder) – test
Josh Schache (Achilles) – 1-2 weeks
Lin Jong (ankle) – season
Toby McLean (knee) – season
Callum Porter (groin) – season
Cody Weightman (ankle) – season
Rhylee West (groin) – season