A trifecta of injuries have put a dampener on the Western Bulldogs’ impressive 39-point win against Melbourne in their AAMI Community Series match at Marvel Stadium on Monday.
The Bulldogs lost speedster Laitham Vandermeer (hip pointer) before quarter time, while key forward Aaron Naughton (forearm) played no part after half time.
Courageous defender Hayden Crozier also came off with a shoulder injury in the second half, which looks set to rule him out of next week’s season opener against Collingwood.
“Croz got a knock to the shoulder, he’s the more serious one out of the three,” senior coach Luke Beveridge said post-game.
“He’s got quite a significant AC joint injury, that’s what the boys are telling me. Our medicos will assess that and work out what the plan is for him.
“We’d probably anticipate he wouldn’t play round one.”
The news is better for Naughton, who has already been cleared of any significant damage after having a scan during the game.
An assessment on Vandermeer is still to be confirmed.
“(Aaron) will be okay. He just copped a knock to the arm,” Beveridge said.
“He’s already had an x-ray and it’s all clear, so he should be fine. We didn’t want to take any risk with him and took him out of the game. He was in a fair bit of pain, but he should be okay.”
“Vanders got a hip pointer. They compromise your movement, it’s really fleshy when you cop one of those. He had to come out – we’re hoping he’ll be okay.”