GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Tom Liberatore of the Bulldogs is seen injured during the 2016 AFL Round 19 match between the Geelong Cats and the Western Bulldogs at Simonds Stadium on July 29, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

INJURY UPDATE: Tom Liberatore and Jackson Macrae

The Western Bulldogs have provided an update on the fitness of Tom Liberatore and Jackson Macrae after the pair were injured during Friday night’s loss the Cats.

Liberatore has undergone ankle surgery after scans revealed ligament damage, however, the Dogs are hopeful the midfielder will return before the end of the season.

“He’s come through (the surgery) really well so our plan is to get him up and running from a rehab perspective as quick as possible,” Bulldogs General Manager Football Graham Lowe said.

“We need to manage it the right way but we’re optimistic that Tom can play a key part for us towards the end of the season.”

Macrae suffered a hamstring injury, with Lowe optimistic that he too can return later in the year.

“It has got some tendon involvement which means it will take that bit longer but Jack will commence rehab in the coming days and we’re optimistic he’ll have a role to play toward the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, the injury ravaged Bulldogs are set to regain Matthew Boyd, Dale Morris and Matthew Suckling for Saturday night’s clash with North Melbourne.

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