Gun midfielder Adam Treloar is on track to return to football within a month.
The 28-year-old has turned the corner with his recovery from an ankle syndesmosis injury.
Treloar required surgery on his ankle after being injured in the Western Bulldogs’ round 10 win against St Kilda.
His recovery had been slower than originally expected, dragging out beyond the six-to-eight week window initially forecast.
But Treloar is now back on his feet and targeting a comeback before the end of the home-and-away season.
“Adam has made some great progress in the last two weeks,” head of sports medicine, Chris Bell, said.
“He is reintegrating back into some low-level footy drills, has started some speed running and is building up his volumes.
“Adam has missed a lot of footy over the past two months, so we’re taking our time to make sure he’s fit and able to perform at AFL level.
“At this stage, we remain optimistic that Adam will return to full training in the next two-to-three weeks and will return to playing shortly after.”
Josh Dunkley (shoulder) available
Aaron Naughton (concussion) test
Easton Wood (ankle) 1-2 weeks
Stefan Martin (groin) 1-2 weeks
Adam Treloar (ankle) 2-4 weeks
Laitham Vandermeer (knee) 2-4 weeks
Lin Jong (hamstring) 3-4 weeks
Ryan Gardner (shoulder) 4-6 weeks