Senior coach Luke Beveridge is counting the cost of the Western Bulldogs' win over Greater Western Sydney on Friday night with three players suffering injuries.
Luckless Lin Jong was forced out of his first game in almost a year, straining his right hamstring in the opening term of the 39-point victory, while Tim English was concussed and may have suffered damage to his jaw in the final quarter
But the Dogs' biggest worry could be Josh Dunkley – with Beveridge expecting to be without the star midfielder "for a while" after he dislocated his shoulder twice in the final term.
Jong was playing just his fourth game since 2018, with an ankle issue most recently impacting his 2020 season.
The 27-year-old started the game brightly, picking up four disposals and having a shot at goal, before a chase down on Callan Ward left Jong needing to be subbed out just 20 minutes into the match.
"He's had some bad luck, 'Jongy', with his hamstrings,” Beveridge said post-match.
"He's had some high-grade injuries, usually when he's been tackled, had pressure on the side. It appears that something similar happened.
"It's an emotional night for him and his teammates. I think we're going to lose him for a while.”
English was concussed when Aaron Naughton came flying into a marking contest with his knee raised, which hit his teammate flush on the jaw.
"We'll lose Tim, definitely,” the Bulldogs’ coach said ahead of next Friday’s clash with Richmond.
"He'll probably have his jaw x-rayed, so fingers crossed that he hasn’t got any bone damage.
“We'll lose him for at least a game and hopefully it's not too much more.”
Dunkley dislocated his shoulder early in the final term when attempting a spoil, but after a quick visit to the changerooms he was able to return to the field.
The 24-year-old suffered the same injury minutes later and went on to watch the final minutes from the bench.
He will have scans on his shoulder in the coming days to assess the damage.