SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 07: Aaron Naughton of the Bulldogs is seen injured during the 2019 AFL Second Elimination Final match between the GWS Giants and the Western Bulldogs at Giants Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs duo Aaron Naughton and Mitch Wallis are both tipped to be named in Luke Beveridge’s lineup to face St Kilda in next week’s elimination final, per afl.com.au.

Naughton required surgery on his cheekbone after a heavy knock in the team’s round 20 clash against Fremantle.

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Beveridge confirmed his star froward would be good to go for their must-win clash, while Wallis is a good chance to make the 22-man side.

“‘Naughts’ will be fine to play. He’s a bit out of sync now because of having surgery but he’ll train with the group on Monday and have a week together with the whole squad,” he said.

When speaking on Wallis, Beveridge said the small forward is “almost a certainty”.

The Bulldogs coach also touched on last year’s finals exit to the Giants, stating the match is set in their minds heading into their 2020 campaign.

“When you think back to that final it was a bit extreme. As I’ve said before it was a credit to the GWS outfit to do what they did and they almost won the whole thing off that template,” he said.

“I think it’s just an awareness of how physical the challenge of the game may be. I think both teams will prepare for that. It’s tempering your focus on that with getting your core style established in the game. That’s our challenge and we’ll do our best to meet that head on.”