MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: Cody Weightman of the Bulldogs celebrates kicking a goal during the round 16 AFL match between Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium on July 04, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Western Bulldogs have been dealt an injury blow with less than a week until the 2023 AFL season commences, with young Dog Arthur Jones suffering an adductor strain during a training session on Friday, per 7 News' Mitch Cleary.

Jones was a chance to make a Round 1 debut for the Dogs after being drafted with pick 43 in the 2021 AFL National Draft, kicking two goals in the Bulldogs' practice-match against North Melbourne, but is now expected to be sidelined as he deals with the concern.

Fellow small Cody Weightman is also racing against time to be fit for Round 1 as he deals with his own adductor issue, having missed last weekend's practice-match with the injury.

Weightman suffered another setback on Friday, failing to complete training while dealing with the strain, leaving him firmly in doubt to line up against Melbourne on Saturday night.

Elsewhere at the Dogs, Alex Keath has been cleared of injury after copping a finger in the eye during training, per Code Sports.

Keath left the field with blood coming from his left eye, but the injury was considered minor.

The Bulldogs will face the Demons to start the season, before games against St Kilda, Brisbane and Richmond to round out the opening month of the season.