Roughead set for Bulldogs return

17 April 2018 03:27:01 EST

Western Bulldogs have had mixed news on the injury front ahead of their meeting with Fremantle on Saturday.

The Bulldogs are set to have versatile Jackson Trengove back after he missed last weekend's loss to Sydney. Trengrove suffered a cracked shoulder blade in the win over Essendon in round three and coach Luke Beveridge opted to take a cautious approach and leave him out against the Swans.

The 27-year-old could be joined by premiership big man Jordan Roughead for the Optus Stadium clash. Roughead got through his VFL outing for Footscray at the weekend unscathed after suffering concussion against Essendon.

But rookie Brad Lynch will be out for up to nine weeks with another hamstring problem. The 20-year-old has suffered a run of hamstring injuries during his time with the club and pulled up lame chasing an opponent in the last quarter of Footscray's game.

The West Australian has yet to make his senior debut and is now in his third year with the club.

Former Brisbane forward Josh Schache is set to keep his place against the Dockers, despite appearing to hurt his ankle against Sydney.

The Bulldogs hope to have defensive playmaker Hayden Crozier (knee) back in action in two to three weeks and are expecting mid-season returns for important defenders Dale Morris (knee) and Marcus Adams (ankle).

Meanwhile, Beveridge says Tom Boyd is getting his confidence back ahead of a possible return to senior level. Boyd kicked five goals in the VFL at the weekend as well as gathering 23 possessions and taking six marks.

The 2016 premiership hero hasn't played at senior level since round 13 last year. Beveridge, though, says the 22-year-old key forward's confidence appears to be building.

"He's determined more than ever to get back to his best and there were some really good signs on the weekend," he said.

Western Bulldogs are 7/5 to win their next game against Fremantle, who are 29/50. The Bulldogs are 93/100 with a 9.5-point start.

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