Bulldogs hard nut Luke Dahlhaus is set to miss the remainder of the 2018 season after injuring his left ankle during his side’s 54-point loss to West Coast on Sunday.
The 25-year old had to be helped off the ground by trainers in the second term, and after trying to overcome the injury, was shut down in the third quarter.
Western Bulldogs medical services manager Chris Bell confirmed it was a 6-8 week injury, effectively ending Dahlahus’ 2018 campaign.
“The mechanism of the injury has damaged the high ankle area, or the syndesmosis part of his ankle,” Bell told westernbulldogs.com.au.
“This is notoriously slow to heal, and we expect at this stage for his recovery to take six to eight weeks, which is going to rule him out for the remainder of the season.”
In better news, vice-captain Marcus Bontempelli has been cleared to return from appendix surgery this weekend for the Bulldogs’ clash with Port Adelaide.
“The surgeon has ticked off and he’s feeling 100%, so he’ll come back into full training this week and we expect him to be available.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Mitch Honeychurch’s status remains unknown following his hit from Eagles skipper Shannon Hurn. Initial scans showed no serious structural damage, but the 23-year old will undergo further tests.
“Precautionary x-rays at the time showed that there was no serious structural damage to his neck,” Bell said.
“We’re still working through a process with Mitch to work out the extent of his injury.