Hunter likely, English set to miss

Western Bulldogs senior coach Luke Beveridge says Lachie Hunter is likely to face Port Adelaide tomorrow night.

Western Bulldogs senior coach Luke Beveridge says Lachie Hunter is likely to face Port Adelaide tomorrow night.

Hunter, who had surgery to repair a broken hand on Monday after playing with the injury in the second half of last week’s come-from-behind win against Carlton, looks set to make a miraculous recovery and run out at Adelaide Oval.

The star Bulldog trained on Wednesday and was on the track with teammates at VU Whitten Oval on Friday as Beveridge addressed the media.

“It looks like he will,” Beveridge said.

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“As I said after the game, they smart a bit those broken bones.

“There’s no real risk – once the plate goes in, it’s stronger than the actual bone.

“He just wants to play and he’s telling us he’s fine. The glove and the padding will be a little bit awkward for him… he might have to kick right foot this week.”

However, all signs point to ruck-forward Tim English spending another week on the sidelines.

English has missed the past two games, after being concussed in the Bulldogs’ round six win against the GWS Giants in Canberra.

“He’s pretty good, but there’s a big chance we’ll give him another week,” Beveridge said.

“We’ve just got to make sure players coming off these head knocks are totally ready and well in themselves. He trained the other day and he trained pretty well, but we just want to make sure.

“He may miss again.

“He’s not the Tim English that started the year at the moment. We want to make sure that when he plays again, he’s full of beans.”

The Bulldogs will confirm their team at 6.20pm tonight.

 

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