English test for Bulldogs' AFL trip west
Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English is a good chance to return from illness for the AFL clash with West Coast in his home state.
English has been sidelined since round five after a severe bout of influenza led to him spending several days in hospital.
Small defender Taylor Duryea is also set to return from illness against the Eagles at Optus Stadium on Saturday night, while Jason Johannisen is in the mix.
English and Duryea took part in a game-like training session over the weekend and have recovered well but face fitness tests later in the week.
"Both players are back to full energy and knocking down the door to be considered this week," Bulldogs head of sports medicine Chris Bell said.
"If both get through training this week like I expect, both will return to availability.
"Jason Johannisen is a day or two behind (with a similar illness) but has turned the corner and is back into a full training mode.
"We will determine JJ's plan and if he pulls on the jumper over the coming days."
Livewire forward Cody Weightman is also a chance to make an early return after breaking his collarbone during the loss to Port Adelaide in round eight.
"Cody has progressed faster than expected following his collarbone fracture," Bell said.
"He has regained full function and strength of his shoulder and the surgeon is happy with his progress.
"He still needs to tick some boxes throughout this week and get through a solid main training session on Wednesday before we decide if he returns to availability this weekend."
The Bulldogs have revived their season with wins over Collingwood and Gold Coast over the past fortnight and will start hot favourites against struggling West Coast.
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