Western Bulldog’s superstar Aaron Naughton is facing a race against the clock to be fit for the clubs elimination final in two weeks time, per SEN.
Naughton requires surgery on a depressed fracture of the cheekbone, an injury he suffered in the second quarter in Sunday’s win over Fremantle.
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Naughton was rushed to hospital after clashing heads with Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy.
The forward flew with teammates back to the Gold Coast, where he will consult a surgeon.
The Bulldogs famously benefited greatly from the pre-finals bye in 2016, when a number of returning players helped lead the club to its second ever premiership.
The club remain confident that forward Mitch Wallis will overcome a shoulder complaint to play in the Bulldogs first final, with their opponents either West Coast or St Kilda.