The Western Bulldogs’ defence has suffered another blow, losing young gun Jason Johannisen to a hamstring injury.
The setback soured a regulation 36-point AFL win for the Bulldogs on Saturday night over Carlton at Etihad Stadium.
It comes a week after they lost captain and defensive general Bob Murphy for the rest of the season with a knee injury that will need a reconstruction.
Johannisen snapped a goal from outside 50m nine minutes into the third term of the 13.7 (85) to 7.7 (49) win.
But he immediately clutched the top of the back of his right leg and was in distress as he limped from the field.
Johannisen has blazing speed and had been one of the Bulldogs’ best in their 3-1 start to the season.
Ruck-forward Tom Boyd also came off in the last term with a shoulder injury.
Murphy was a spectator as the Bulldogs’ superior skill propelled them to a 51-point lead in the third quarter.
Any errors from the young Carlton side were pounced on and often ended up as turnover goals.
The free kick count also infuriated Blues fans – at one point in the third term it was 23-5 in the Bulldogs’ favour and ended up 30-13 for the match.
It was a physical clash, with Bulldogs onballer Lin Jong reported for high contact on Patrick Cripps.
Blues captain Marc Murphy spent plenty of time off the field in the second half because of a head gash.
Carlton closed out the game well, reducing the lead to 43 points at three-quarter time and winning the last quarter.
Bulldogs midfielder Lachie Hunter and defender Shane Biggs were their best, while GWS recruit Lachie Plowman shut down star forward Jake Stringer in his first game for Carlton.