MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the round 10 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium on May 27, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs forward Tom Boyd is set to return to the football field this weekend in Footscray’s VFL clash with Essendon on Saturday.

Boyd stepped away from the game after his side’s round 13 match against Melbourne, and has received treatment for clinical depression since making that announcement.

Dogs coach Luke Beveridge told media after his side’s loss to GWS on Friday night that Boyd would likely make a return this weekend.

“It’s likely that he plays VFL footy next week,” Beveridge said post-game.

“He’s been back training in the full program the last couple of weeks so it’s likely that he’ll have a run with Footscray.”

Beveridge also spoke about Boyd’s chances of making another senior appearance in 2017, and didn’t rule him out, although he did concede it would be hard to see him return to the top level.

“He’s missed a lot of footy… it’d be hard for him to slot in in the near future, his years’ virtually gone I would have thought at AFL level, but who knows?”

‘’Who knows how much we’ve got left. If it lasts for another month and a half he might be good for a sneaky chance but time will tell.”

From his 11 matches so far in 2017, Boyd has averaged 11.4 disposals, 2.4 marks, 20 hitouts and 2.3 tackles per game.