Adam Treloar remains in doubt to appear in Round One as he continues to recover from ankle surgery.
Treloar, who is heading into season number three with the Western Bulldogs, underwent surgery on his ankle in September and while he is back running, has reportedly complained about ankle soreness.
The 29-year-old did not feature in the Bulldogs' match simulation on Friday, instead participating in running drills.
Bulldogs midfield coach Marc Webb said that the club is hopeful Treloar will have enough time before Round One to be ready to go, despite not featuring in the simulation match.
“He's a guy who keeps himself in good shape. It's always a challenge in trying to make up those last few weeks of pre-season, but there'll be enough time hopefully for him to get out there barring other issues to give him the opp to play in round one,” Webb told media.
Caleb Daniel was also watching on from the sidelines as he deals with back spasm issues, while Bailey Smith (general soreness) was also absent from the simulation.
“He's super fit, it's not an issue, it's making sure he keeps the running capacity, his workload together and getting him out at the right time,” Webb said on Smith.
In better news for those at the Kennel, 2021 No.2 draft pick Sam Darcy impressed in the backline throughout the match, while Cody Weightman also proved his mettle in the middle.
The 22-year-old, who kicked 36 goals in 2022, split his time between the forward line and midfield throughout the Dogs' practice match, impressing onlookers.
The Bulldogs are set to face Melbourne in Round One, set for Saturday, March 18, at the MCG.