MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23: An injured Matthew Suckling of the Bulldogs receives some support from Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs injured during the 2016 AFL Round 05 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on April 23, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Suckling to miss at least a month

The Western Bulldogs have been dealt yet another injury blow, with defender Matthew Suckling set to be sidelined for the next month, coach Luke Beveridge has confirmed.

“We expect Suckling to miss at least a month. The knee is fine but the ankle isn’t so good,” he said on Tuesday afternoon.

“Matty obviously came off during the game, we’ve had scans since and he has got a low-grade injury to his medial ligament of his knee.

“He also has a high ankle sprain, so that’s going to take a little bit  longer in terms of return, so we’re expecting a minimum of four weeks.”

Meanwhile, Caleb Daniel will miss this week’s clash with North Melbourne, but could play in Round 7 against Adelaide.

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“Caleb had some calf tightness on our training run on Thursday, we’ve scanned him since and he has a minor calf injury that we’re managing.

“He won’t be available this weekend but we’re giving him every chance to be available for selection next week.”

 

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