The Western Bulldogs’ start to the AFL season is becoming a nightmare with key defender Easton Wood to miss a month due to a quad injury.
After a horror defeat to Collingwood and St Kilda to open their 2020 account, losing their premiership captain for four weeks is the last thing the Dogs need.
Wood was a late withdrawal from the team that went down to St Kilda by 39 points on Sunday night.
“Easton and (fellow defender) Taylor Duryea have minor strains to a muscle in their quad that is responsible for accelerations and kicking,” club medical manager Chris Bell said.
“Both players are on track to return to playing in the next three-to-four weeks.”
Small forward Ben Cavarra could also miss up to three weeks after having his hand stood on at training last Saturday.
And premiership midfielder Lachie Hunter still has three games to serve of the suspension he received for an alleged drink driving crash in April.
After entering the season as a team expected to rise following their hot finish to 2019, the Dogs will be out to avoid sliding to 0-3 when they host last year’s grand finalists GWS at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.
Luke Beveridge’s men are anchored to the bottom of the ladder on percentage, with Fremantle, Adelaide and Carlton the AFL’s other winless teams.