The Western Bulldogs have been hit by the news Cody Weightman suffered a broken collarbone in the loss to Port Adelaide, while Laitham Vandermeer and Tim O’Brien also picked up injuries.
The Bulldogs where hoping to make the top eight but their season continues to go from bad to worse following a 17-point defeat and the loss of key players to injury.
Weightman suffered his collarbone injury when attempting to tackle Port Adelaide ruckman Sam Hayes in the final quarter of the game.
Vandermeer has suffered a ‘high-grade’ hamstring injury and is facing a lengthy spell out. O’Brien sustained a calf injury and coach Luke Beveridge felt the quick turnaround from last week could have played a part.
"It was a disappointing night for us and a night of carnage for us too when you lose three players in the fashion we did," he said. "The five-day break might have got us a little bit with some of that unfortunately.
"It was high-end running the week before against Essendon and one or two of the guys in Tim O'Brien and Laitham, who are quite prone, went down, so that destabilised us a little bit."
The Bulldogs sit 3-5 for the season but there is some good news at least as captain Marcus Bontempelli should return for next week’s clash against Collingwood.
"We think he'll be ok. He's just had a series of things hampering him over a period of time that just came to a head this week," Beveridge added.
"The week off will do him the world of good, and hopefully he'll be healthy come Friday night, but we'll see how we go next week.”