Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says he’ll wait until game day before finalising his injury-hit ruck division for Sunday’s AFL clash with Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.
The coach has already ruled out veteran ruckman Will Minson (hamstring) but is hopeful Tom Campbell will overcome an ankle injury in time to take on the Dockers, who will be without their suspended ruck star Aaron Sandilands.
“We’re still a little bit up in the air – we’ll give Tom Campbell the full amount of time,” Beveridge told reporters on Tuesday.
“We’ll take it to the wire. Will definitely isn’t available but (Jordan) Roughead definitely is so if Tommy doesn’t come up then Roughie will play and we’ve got Jack Redpath there who can pinch hit.
“We know Tommy Boyd is a good ruckman so we’ve got some options but Tommy Campbell is the one that we’re waiting on.”
The timing of the Dogs’ ruck issues would appear fortuitous with the imposing Sandilands sidelined by the match review panel for his high bump on Richmond’s Ben Griffiths during their NAB Challenge encounter.
“It changes them a little bit and what they’ve done over a long period of time,” Beveridge said.
“But they’ve got a couple of really capable guys who are quite big lads who, I’ve got no doubt, will play their role for them.”
In better news for the Bulldogs, dangerous forward Tory Dickson has won his battle against an adductor issue that has hampered his pre-season regime.
“Tory will be fine,” the coach said.
“I feel like he’s timed his run quite well. He trained the house down last week and he’ll be right to go.”