Bulldog trio nearing return

Important trio Tom Liberatore, Easton Wood and Laitham Vandermeer could be in the picture to return to football this week.

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Important trio Tom Liberatore, Easton Wood and Laitham Vandermeer could be in the picture to return to football this week.

Liberatore was managed for Saturday’s win again the Gold Coast Suns and would be a welcome addition, particularly with fellow midfield star Josh Dunkley ruled out due to mandatory quarantine.

“Tom had some persisting general soreness. Being a long year, we want to make decisions to make sure that Tom plays at his best,” head of medical services, Chris Bell, said.

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“We’ll work through a process with Tom this week to determine his availability.”

Wood (ankle) and Vandermeer (knee) are both closing in on comebacks from injury.

“(Easton’s) come back into full training this week and if he gets through like I expect, will be putting his hand up for selection,” Bell said.

“Laitham’s had a great block of training since a cartilage injury in his knee. He’s back into full training this week and we’ll determine when he returns to play at the back end of the week.”

Toby McLean is set for surgery later this week after sustaining an ACL injury on the weekend, while Stefan Martin’s return has hit a setback.

“Unfortunately at training on Saturday, Toby went to change direction and damaged his ACL,” Bell said.

“This is the same ACL that he had reconstructed last year.

“Stef has had some persistent soreness related to his groin injury.

“He’s missed a lot of footy this year and we want to make sure we’re slow in building him back up to full fitness for the pointy end of the season.

“We’ll confirm his return to play plan in the next few weeks.”


Injury list

Tom Liberatore (managed) – test
Easton Wood (ankle) – test
Laitham Vandermeer (knee) – test
Adam Treloar (ankle) – 2-4 weeks
Lin Jong (hamstring) – 2-4 weeks
Ryan Gardner (shoulder) – 3-5 weeks
Stefan Martin (groin/hip) – TBC
Toby McLean (knee) – season


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