Cloke left the field late in the fourth quarter immediately after receiving a hit from Roos captain Jack Ziebell, with the 250-gamer needing help from trainers to run off.
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During the post match press conference Dogs coach Luke Beveridge was asked if Cloke had suffered broken ribs, to which he replied “He may have. He’s in a bit of pain”.
Cloke was the second Bulldog forward to leave the field in the hands of the medics, after Tom Boyd suffered delayed concussion after a hit in the first quarter.
Beveridge said Boyd initially looked right to come back on, but said the doctors stepped in to make the right call regarding his availability.
“He seemed OK initially and then had some of that delayed concussion that you can’t detect straight away,” the coach said.
“He seemed coherent early and fine, and our doctors made the right call and took him out of the game.
“Like ‘Picko’ (Liam Picken) this week, he’ll get through his week and have the cognistat test at the end of it all and the docs will make a determination.”