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Canines haven’t any straight swap for Weightman

Luke Beveridge concedes the Western Bulldogs will not discover a like-for-like alternative for Cody Weightman if the livewire ahead is dominated out of their AFL preliminary ultimate towards Port Adelaide.

Weightman is more likely to miss the conflict below the league’s concussion protocols, having been substituted out of the thrilling one-point semi-final win over Brisbane after a head knock.

The second-year ahead, who has kicked 26 targets in a breakout season, was changed by medical substitute Jason Johannisen towards the Lions.

Johannisen is a attainable inclusion within the 22 at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night time, with Mitch Wallis, Anthony Scott and No.1 draft choose Jamarra Ugle-Hagan additionally within the combine.

“We’re not going to get one other Cody Weightman,” Bulldogs coach Beveridge stated after the Brisbane victory.

“Cody’s kind of transferring into that space the place he is very troublesome to defend as a result of he obtained an air and a floor sport.

“However I suppose that is what occurs and we have wanted most of our record to play some AFL footy this yr and our boys have performed an excellent job.”

The Bulldogs have used 41 gamers this season – greater than some other membership.

“We have had vital position gamers contribute to essentially essential victories and we’ll must name on a handful of these boys to play in a preliminary ultimate,” Beveridge stated.

“The nice factor is that they’ve come into the workforce and (felt) like they’ve contributed previously.

“We’ll have a special participant to switch Cody who’ll deliver a special talent set, however there are some lads there ready within the wings that’ll are available and be an essential a part of our make-up.”

Johannisen has been the Bulldogs’ substitute in three of his 23 video games this season, together with each finals thus far.

The 2016 Norm Smith medallist was unused within the elimination ultimate victory over Essendon earlier than changing Weightman towards Brisbane.

Wallis was the Bulldogs’ main goal-kicker in 2020 after being reinviented as a mid-sized ahead however has been a peripheral determine this season, that includes in simply six video games.

Scott had performed 20 video games this season however was the unused substitute twice late within the marketing campaign and is but to function throughout the finals.

Ugle-Hagan has kicked seven targets in 5 video games this yr however his slender body is a few concern matching up towards opposition key defenders, making him unlikely for use as a chief goal in assault within the absence of injured teammate Josh Bruce.

Aaron Naughton, Josh Schache and ruckman Tim English supplied many of the aerial presence in assault towards Brisbane.

The Bulldogs can also must discover a alternative for skipper Marcus Bontempelli, who was attributable to have scans on an injured proper knee on arrival in Perth on Sunday.

The Bulldogs will start their mandated 14-day quarantine interval in Western Australia earlier than travelling to Adelaide for the Energy conflict, within the hope of then returning to Perth for the grand ultimate.

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