Top Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English will return for their must-win AFL game against Sydney, “pretty angry” about his latest concussion-related absence.
Coach Luke Beveridge also expects star onballer Adam Treloar to be available after he had hamstring tightness in their loss last week to Brisbane.
English will return from two weeks out with delayed concussion symptoms and defender Ed Richards will also be available after missing a match because of concussion.
GWS ruckman Braydon Preuss was charged with a dangerous tackle and was suspended for one game over the incident that forced English onto the sidelines for a fortnight.
English has a history of concussion injuries and Beveridge revealed the ruckman was unimpressed with this latest setback.
“I talked with him about, whether this time around, his emotions are different or how does he feel about it?” Beveridge said.
“Generally, he’s just pretty angry that it happened, initially.
“He was fine in himself, but that’s the disappointing thing – a vulnerable player, it could be quite costly.
“So he was more frustrated with that aspect of it.”
The 41-point loss to the Lions left last year’s grand finalists a game outside the top eight amid a challenging run of game against the Swans, St Kilda, Melbourne, Geelong and Fremantle – all above the Dogs on the ladder.
But Beveridge remains upbeat, saying after the Brisbane game “I won’t stop believing.”
He noted on Tuesday that there were plenty of games left and the Bulldogs remained in charge of their destiny.
“Nothing’s missing – there’s a third of the season, or just under, still to go and you’ve got to remember that,” Beveridge said.
“Our form line has been relatively strong in recent times, we’ve just been beaten by a good side.
“Our game fell apart a little bit in that third quarter, no doubt, which is disappointing.
“The alarm bells aren’t ringing.”
While conceding the Bulldogs are yet to regain last season’s consistency, Beveridge insists they have what it takes.
“There’s no reason why we can’t continue to string it together,” he said.
“There’s a third of the season to go – there’s no frustration.
“Obviously off the back of last year, the expectation is that you’re there again.
“The fact of the matter is, we’re not, but the belief is still high and there’s a lot more water to go under the bridge.”