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Aussie Rules: Bevo cools star injury fears

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has allayed concerns over the fitness of Alex Keath and is confident the fullback will be ready for round one of the AFL.

The Bulldogs are priced at 3/1 to reach the 2022 AFL premiership and make up for last season's grand final heartbreak against Melbourne.

Keath okay

The Bulldogs suffered a six-point defeat against the Lions in the Community Series on Friday night and were given a scare when Keath left the field with a sore shin.

Keath failed to return after half-time but thankfully for the Bulldogs faithful, Beveridge has said there is nothing to worry about.

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"Keathy just had a significant kick to the shin and wasn't moving too well and we took a very conservative approach with that and had to take him off," Beveridge told reporters after the game.

"You know what it's like when you hit your shin on the edge of the bed or if you hit it bloody hard, it's hard to shake it off.

"He came back on, was a little bit limited, and we just thought it was a better approach to remove him from the game. We think he'll be OK, it's nothing serious."

Brisbane concerns

However it looks more concerning for Brisbane duo Keidean Coleman and Deven Robertson who picked up hamstring injuries that will need assessing.

James Madden also picked up a knock and all three now face an anxious wait.

"That's about as fierce a contest as I've ever seen in the pre-season," Lions coach Chris Fagan said. "It was great preparation for round one and that's what you're looking for.

"The Dogs are a terrific team and we got the contest we were after tonight. We got a bit tired towards the end. The boys did a good job to hold on."

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