MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Tom Liberatore of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the 2022 AFL Round 02 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at Marvel Stadium on March 24, 2022 In Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs senior coach Luke Beveridge has provided the latest on concussed midfielder Tom Liberatore after he was substituted out of the Dogs' loss to Hawthorn at UTAS Stadium on Sunday.

Despite their best efforts at staging a fourth-quarter fightback, the Bulldogs fell three points short of an immensely impressive youthful Hawks outfit.

Liberatore exited the contest in the second quarter after his head came in contact with the leg of Hawthorn's Conor Nash, resulting in blood teeming from the midfielder's head.

Liberatore was assisted from the Launceston playing field and was quickly replaced by the Bulldogs' starting substitute, wingman Oskar Baker.

'Libba's subsequent entrance into the AFL's concussion protocols means the critical midfielder will automatically miss the Bulldogs' Round 23 bout with West Coast; a match the Dogs now simply must win.

Addressing the media post-game, Beveridge acknowledged Liberatore's protocols fate, noting the contested on-baller 'seems okay'.

"He'll go into concussion protocols and we'll give you an update during the week," Beveridge said on Sunday.

"He seems okay but, as always, we'll take precautions and take a conservative approach with him."

Aside from Liberatore's knock, the Dogs will leave Launceston with a clean bill of health.

The Western Bulldogs' meeting with the Eagles is fixtured for Sunday, August 20 at 1:10 PM (AEST) at Marvel Stadium.