Experienced duo Easton Wood and Stefan Martin could both be available to face Geelong next week.
Wood has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury, while Martin was subbed out during Sunday’s win against Fremantle with a shoulder injury.
But with the bye this week, the Western Bulldogs could have both players at their disposal for an important clash against the third-placed Cats on their home turf.
“Easton has progressed really nicely following his hamstring injury,” head of sports medicine, Chris Bell, said.
“He’s back into full training and has achieved top-end speed and acceleration. If Woody gets through the next week like I expect, he’ll return to availability for our round 14 game against the Cats.
“The weekend off will do Stef well and we are optimistic he will be right for our round 14 clash.”
Ed Richards has also completed his time in the rehab room and is ready to return to football.
The speedy utility has had a lengthy layoff. He sustained a fracture to his fibula in a VFL practice match aligned to the Bulldogs’ round one AFL win against Collingwood.
“He’s worked really hard in rehab and I’m glad to say he’s back into full training,” Bell said.
“Ed will return to availability for the next game.”
Garcia (concussion) available
Richards (ankle) available
Martin (shoulder) test
Wood (hamstring) test
Dunkley (shoulder) 5-6 weeks
Treloar (ankle) 5-6 weeks
Vandermeer (knee) 5-6 weeks
Jong (hamstring) 5-7 weeks