MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Easton Wood of the Bulldogs leaves the field injured during the 2016 AFL Round 22 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Easton Wood racing the clock to be fit for finals

Western Bulldogs defender Easton Wood is racing the clock to be fit for finals, after suffering what appears to be a serious ankle injury.

The acting captain went down in the third quarter of Sunday’s win over the Bombers, after landing awkwardly in a marking contest.

Wood was taken to hospital for scans and the club will not know the full extent of the injury until later on Monday afternoon.

However, coach Luke Beveridge conceded after the game that it doesn’t look good for the 26-year-old.

“The forecast isn’t great, unfortunately. But who knows, maybe he might be all right,” Beveridge said.

“Whether Easton is done for the year I don’t know. Hopefully it’s not too bad and even if we lose him for a week or too, hopefully we can go a bit deeper (in finals) and he might be able to re-join us.”

If Wood is ruled out for the season, he will join Jack Redpath, Mitch Wallis, Marcus Adams and Bob Murphy on the sidelines for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, Tom Liberatore and Jack Macrae are touch and go to return this season, while the club is hopeful Dale Morris and Matthew Suckling will return next week against Fremantle.