Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English is ready to overlook a second straight sport because of the delayed concussion he suffered within the spherical 13 win over Better Western Sydney.
The 24-year-old, who inked a two-year contract extension final week, was dominated out of final Friday night time’s sport in opposition to Hawthorn after reporting delayed concussion signs after arriving again from Sydney.
English exits concussion protocols on Thursday morning, theoretically in time for Thursday night time’s crunch sport in opposition to Brisbane on the Gabba, however the membership is predicted to take a cautious method with English given his current historical past with concussion.
The West Australian educated over the weekend and on the Whitten Oval on Tuesday morning and is but to be dominated out formally, however Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge stated English is extra prone to return in opposition to Sydney on the SCG subsequent weekend.
“We are going to in all probability give him one other week (to get better),” Beveridge advised reporters on Tuesday morning.
“He’s coaching now and appears to be wonderful. Hopefully he’ll be out there for the Sydney sport.”
English missed 4 video games final yr because of concussion after copping a brutal knee to the jaw from teammate Aaron Naughton in April, after being the primary participant dominated out below the AFL’s concussion protocols following a head knock in an intra membership match in February 2020.
The ruckman has solely featured in eight of the primary 15 rounds because of hamstring, sickness and concussion points, which have hampered an in any other case spectacular 2022 marketing campaign, however is predicted to be proper to face Sydney on the SCG subsequent weekend.
Ed Richards is in concussion protocols and gained’t make the journey to Brisbane after being substituted out of final Friday night time’s win over Hawthorn.
Josh Bruce’s return to AFL stage might be delayed by one other week with the important thing ahead to overlook a second VFL sport after injuring his hamstring following his return from a knee reconstruction earlier this month.
The 30-year-old has performed one sport within the VFL however must play at the least a full sport for Footscray earlier than he’s cleared to return to the senior facet for the primary time since rupturing his ACL in spherical 20 final season.
“Josh will do a bit of coaching in the present day. He did injure his hamstring. It’s solely minor. We don’t anticipate he might be out for too lengthy. He gained’t play this week,” Beveridge stated.
Beveridge stated the Canine will take into account recalling premiership wingman Lachie Hunter for his first sport since taking private go away after spherical 5.
Hunter returned at VFL stage a fortnight in the past and has been one of many higher performers for Footscray, amassing 26 disposals, six inside 50s and 5 clearances in opposition to the Field Hill Hawks on Saturday.
“Lachie’s title might be spoken about. He performed fairly nicely within the victory right here in opposition to Field Hill,” he stated.
“Performed in a special function to verify he may have essentially the most affect at state league stage and he performed nicely. We’re prone to have a few adjustments.”