After starting 2022 winless, the Western Bulldogs are now sweating on star forward Aaron Naughton's calf after the 22-year-old suffered a deep cork during the third quarter of their 12-point loss to Carlton last Thursday.
Hobbling off the ground, Naughton suffered bleeding in the calf, yet, the Bulldogs are confident their high-flying forward will beat his race against the clock for their crucial clash against an in-form Swans outfit.
Naughton did some light running on Monday, with Bulldogs conditioning coach Chris Bell stating they will assess tall-forward for the next 24-hours.
In better news for the Bulldogs, 21-year-old star Bailey Smith will return for Thursday night's clash.
Smith, who suffered hip soreness, was influential in the Bulldog's Round 1 grand final rematch against the Demons with 33 possessions, 11 tackles, and eight clearances.
Club doctors are certain he still remains a chance to take on Sydney at Marvel Stadium.
The Bulldogs will attempt to reinvigorate their 2022 season against the undefeated Swans at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night.