Marcus Bontempelli during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between Melbourne and Western Bulldogs (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

Western Bulldogs skipper Marcus Bontempelli is likely to be fit for his side's must-win clash against Hawthorn in Launceston this weekend.

Bontempelli was suffering a minor adductor injury, which saw him almost miss the Dogs' five-point win over GWS, but he has since been declared fit to play on Sunday with an extra day of rest having improved his chances of making the trip.

"He’s probably better this week than he was last week," Beveridge told reporters on Thursday.

"He’s had some niggles throughout the course of the year but just grits his teeth and applies himself for the team.

"He’ll be really prepared for Sunday and the extra day is helpful."

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs in action during the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, key forward Josh Bruce is likely return this weekend after being rested last round as he continues his steady return since Round 18 from an ACL injury suffered last year.

The duo would both be valuable assets to the Bulldogs side, who need to defeat the Hawks by two goals and rely on Carlton losing to Collingwood to secure a fourth-straight finals berth.

"As we saw last week with GWS it doesn't really matter too much where teams are on the ladder, there can be a tenacious drive to continue to win at all costs," Beveridge continued.

"They're going to want to finish on a good note and throw everything at us."