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Canines coach bullish on Bontempelli health

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says he’s extra optimistic on the prospect of captain Marcus Bontempelli proving his health for his or her AFL preliminary ultimate than he was on the time of the harm.

The Bulldogs celebrity damage his proper knee in a clumsy touchdown from a marking contest in final Saturday’s dramatic semi-final win over Brisbane.

Scans cleared Bontempelli of any structural injury however Thursday’s primary coaching session will probably be essential to his hopes of going through Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Beveridge stated a call on Bontempelli got here right down to the chance of his harm forcing him out of the preliminary ultimate early within the recreation, however the reality it wasn’t a soft-tissue concern gave extra confidence his physique would maintain up.

“With issues like joints and a few soreness and a few bone bruising and a few issues {that a} participant might be able to overcome – and the comfortable tissue facet is not there – then it provides you a degree of confidence that you are going to have the ability to play the 4 quarters,” he instructed SEN.

“We’ll see how he trains right this moment and the way he goes about his work and we’re actually hopeful that he’ll be okay.

“If he is not then we’re simply going to should, as we have now all yr, unfold the load and fill his function with another person and imagine we will get the job finished.

“However he is an incredible participant and chief and he’d be an enormous loss if he does not come up.”

Beveridge stated he’d constantly had a “degree of confidence” Bontempelli could be okay after Saturday’s recreation however was feeling extra optimistic 5 days down the observe.

“When the scans got here again and there wasn’t something dramatic improper together with his knee, clearly all of us breathed a sigh of reduction,” he stated.

“However yeah, I am most likely extra glass half-full now than I used to be when it occurred.”

Beveridge was adamant the Bulldogs’ medical group would have the ultimate say on Bontempelli’s availability however he would proceed to verify in together with his skipper.

“Marcus and I’ve already touched primarily based round that and the way he is feeling and there’ll undoubtedly be one other dialog right this moment about how he is going and his confidence ranges for Saturday evening,” he stated.

In the meantime Beveridge stated ruckman Stefan Martin’s prospects of enjoying realistically hadn’t modified, given his lack of match conditioning and he would want to coach strongly to show his health for his first recreation since spherical 12.

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