Scans have revealed that Western Bulldogs skipper Easton Wood will miss up to three months due to the serious hamstring injury he suffered in Adelaide on Thursday night.
Although Wood is unlikely to have surgery, the club estimates he will be sidelined for between 10 to 12 weeks, meaning his season is as good as over.
The bad luck wasn't confined to their skipper, with midfielder Jackson Macrae also ruled out for up to four weeks with his own hamstring injury suffered against Port Adelaide.
Macrae has been in All-Australian form and rated a Brownlow Medal chance before he was struck down on half-time.
He will be joined in the growing rehab group by Lukas Webb, who underwent surgery on a fractured thumb and will miss three to four weeks.
The news could have been even worse for the Bulldogs after Tom Boyd required surgery on a dislocated finger and Marcus Bontempelli hyperextended his knee.
However Boyd remains a chance to face North Melbourne this week, while Bontempelli was cleared of structural damage. Bontempelli played out the game but will undergo testing before being declared fit to play.
The Bulldogs are already missing Liam Picken, Dale Morris, Clay Smith, Tom Liberatore, Bailey Dale, Aaron Naughton and Jack Redpath due to injury.
Peter Ryan joined The Age in 2017 having covered AFL as a senior reporter with AFL Media.
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