MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Jordan Roughead of the Bulldogs and Max Gawn of the Demons compete in the ruck during the 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Western Bulldogs have confirmed ruckman Jordan Roughead will miss around weeks following surgery on his hamstring.

Roughead landed awkwardly in a ruck contest during the first quarter of the JLT Series match against Melbourne and took no further part in the game.

It was initially he may have sustained a season ending knee injury, however, scans later cleared him of serious damage.

“Jordan sustained a hamstring tendon injury to the area the tendon inserts on the back of his knee, during a ruck contest on the weekend and has subsequently undergone surgery,” Physiotherapist Chris Bell told

“We expect he’ll resume full training in approximately eight weeks.”

The Bulldogs have the week off this week, before facing Brisbane and Gold Coast in weeks two and three of the JLT Community Series.