BULLDOGS INJURY REPORT : Hayden Young has hamstring injury resorting…

Hayden Young escapes hamstring injury, but Michael Frederick and Sam Switkowski tests to face Western Bulldogs

Hayden Young has been given the all clear by club doctors to play in Fremantle’s clash against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.

The midfielder has escaped any serious damage to his hamstring. The club pulled him out of the final quarter of their heavy western derby defeat to West Coast at the weekend.

But they will be sweating on both Michel Frederick and Sam Switkowski for the Optus Stadium meeting with the Bulldogs.

Switkowski reported delayed concussion symptoms from an incident in their defeat to Port Adelaide last weekend and was pulled out of the loss to the Eagles.

Frederick missed the second leg of their Adelaide tour with a hamstring injury he picked up against Carlton in their first game of that trip. He will be again listed as a test for this week after failing to get through last Wednesday’s main training session.

The Dockers will be forced to again revamp their forward line this week, with young spearhead Jye Amiss to miss with concussion.

Amiss has been ruled out through the AFL’s concussion protocols, but was up and moving shortly after the clash with Jeremy McGovern on Saturday night and did some light running at the Dockers’ training session on Monday.

The forward is already symptom-free and the Dockers are hopeful he could face Richmond at the MCG next week.

High performance manager Phil Merriman said Switkowski will be cleared to play if he gets through main training and that the club is optimistic Frederick will get up.

“Switta is going well, he has to get through main training this week and he’ll be available for selection,” he said.

“Freddy’s been really good, flying as he always does in reconditioning, and the plan is for him to play this week.”

Merriman also revealed key defender Brennan Cox is looking towards a return within the next 10 weeks after going under the knife to repair a hamstring he injured against Brisbane in round one.

“Brennan is going really well, he is three days into his running program so we’ll be building his volumes over the next few weeks,” he said.

The Bulldogs will also put star midfielder Tom Liberatore through his paces this week before he is cleared to face the Dockers.

Liberatore was moved into the concussion protocols after a scary incident where he collapsed behind the play against Essendon in round five.

The veteran and coach Luke Beveridge initially claimed he had suffered an ankle injury, but the club are still waiting to tick the final boxes in the concussion guidelines.

Rookie ruckman Odin Jones is expected to return from concussion issues and make his Peel Thunder debut in the round six clash with West Perth. The Thunder have a WAFL bye this weekend.

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