AFL Rd 4 - Sydney v Western Bulldogs
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Aaron Naughton of the Bulldogs speaks to Josh Bruce of the Bulldogs after the round 4 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Sydney Cricket Ground on June 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Western Bulldogs have suffered a double injury blow during last night’s 26-point victory over the Swans.

Exciting young forward Aaron Naughton and goal sneak Sam Lloyd could both be set to miss significant time after suffering ankle and shoulder injuries respectively.

Naughton suffered his ankle injury during the first quarter after landing awkwardly, which forced him to head straight to the rooms and would ultimately miss the rest of the game after appearing in his tracksuit and on crutches.

The club will be sweating on scans for the youngster and hoping he has avoided any bone damage.

“We will miss him, but we’ll find a way, someone else will come in and play a role,” Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge told reporters post-match.

“Maybe there’s a miracle and he plays next week.

“(But) if he’s out, he’s going to be a difficult player to replace.

“He started the game off in good fashion tonight, he looked really threatening.

“As we keep saying he’s only a 20-year-old key forward who’s going to be a very influential player over the journey.”

Meanwhile, Lloyd suffered an apparent shoulder injury in the third quarter and also took no part in the rest of the game.

The ex-Tiger will also undergo scans, with a broken collarbone potentially resulting in 4-6 weeks on the sidelines.