MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Tory Dickson of the Bulldogs is congratulated by Lachie Hunter after kicking a goal during the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Premiership forward Tory Dickson is in doubt for the Bulldogs’ round one clash against Collingwood on March 24 following off-season groin surgery.

The 29-year-old has missed all three of the Dogs’ JLT Community Series matches after having just recovered from the surgery, with only Footscray’s VFL practice match against Richmond on Friday night his final chance at game time before the season begins.

It would be the second season in a row in which Dickson misses at least the opening weekend, after the small forward was on the sidelines until round five in 2016 with adductor and quad injuries.

If Dickson doesn’t play in round one he will join ruckman Jordan Roughead who’s another premiership player that won’t feature against the Pies, Dogs’ big man injured his hamstring during their first JLT Series match against Melbourne last month.