Western Bulldogs CEO Ameet Bains has provided the latest news regarding the club’s injury list.
The Bulldogs are in Perth preparing for next Saturday’s Grand Final against Melbourne at Optus Stadium and have a trio of players with some question marks hovering over them.
Key defender Alex Keath missed last weekend’s Preliminary Final win over Port Adelaide with a hamstring issue while small forward Cody Weightman was ruled out with a concussion sustained against Brisbane the week before.
During the 71-point smashing of the Power, Laitham Vandermeer hurt his hamstring and was subbed out as a result.
While Weightman is set to return for the big decider, Bains says hamstrung pair Keath and Vandermeer are not yet certainties to play, although the club is very optimistic.
“I don’t think I can say with certainty. He’s (Keath) still got to progress through and train at full speed,” he said on SEN’s Whateley.
“But the fact that we’ve got that extra week built in to do it, we’re very optimistic that he’ll be right.
“Cody Weightman will certainly play.
“From the concussion he will be reintegrated into full contact training this week.
“Laith Vandermeer will need to get through full training next week, but also optimistic on him.
“He was cleared of any structural hamstring damage. He’s got a history of hamstring injuries. He got a corky and felt a bit of tightness so we didn’t take any risk with that and came off.
“A little bit like the Marcus Bontempelli scan the week before, you’re absolutely sweating on those results.”
Those three aside and barring Josh Bruce and Toby McLean, the Dogs are in perfect health as they ready themselves for a shot at a second flag in six years.