Experienced defender Easton Wood is bracing for a stint on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury on Saturday night.
Wood was subbed out of the game in the first quarter, as the Western Bulldogs recorded a memorable 19-point win against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.
He’s set to have a scan over the coming days to determine how long he’ll be out for.
“It’s unfortunate – and unfortunately I’ve been here many times before,” the premiership skipper told Channel 7 during the match.
“It just sort of went on me in the open field which is never great, so we’ll have a look on Monday and hopefully the damage isn’t too bad but I might be having a rest for a little while.”
Senior coach Luke Beveridge said Wood would be a big loss but was confident in the depth of the Bulldogs’ backline to cover in his absence.
Hayden Crozier came on as the medical sub for Wood in a similar role.
“As usual, we’ll scan it and then we’ll give you some more information. Hopefully it’s not as bad as some of the other ones he’s done,” Beveridge said.
“There’s some competition for spots throughout our backend.
“Ryan Gardner will probably play next week, not sure whether we’d bring him straight back in… St Kilda have really challenged us with their height in recent times.
“Hayden came on – they do similar things; they’re interceptors, they’ve got enormous courage, Easton and Hayden.
“And obviously with Bailey Williams coming back in – who has become really important for us – that competition through that area is healthy.”