The Bulldogs lose midfielder Clay Smith and Mitch Wallis to knee and foot injuries.
Western Bulldogs midfielders Clay Smith and Mitch Wallis will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2014 season after suffering injuries on the weekend.
Scans confirmed Smith has re-injured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Footscray Bulldogs’ VFL win on over Essendon on Sunday.
Bulldogs Medical Services Manager Andrew McKenzie told the club’s website that Smith has opted for a traditional reconstruction which will take place over the coming days.
“It has been confirmed with MRI that [Clay] has injured his ACL – he has had a specialist review yesterday and it was confirmed that he will need that repaired again — he will go down the [path of a] traditional hamstring repair,” McKenzie said.
“We know Clay will rehabilitate this injury with the professional approach we’ve seen from him in the past.”
Wallis meanwhile suffered a fracture to his left foot during Sunday’s game against Essendon and will require surgery.
McKenzie said the Bulldogs were hopeful of a good outcome post-surgery, and that the 21-year-old would be fit for the start of pre-season training.
“Mitch had some foot soreness – we had some x-rays yesterday which did confirm the fracture – he has seen the specialist, who has confirmed he needs a pin inserted and will require surgery,” McKenzie said.
“He will miss the end of the year, but we expect that by pre-season, particularly with Mitch and his character…he’ll be solid and do really well.”