The Western Bulldogs have confirmed Alex Keath is facing six weeks on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring issue.
The Bulldogs are priced at 13/1 to win the 2022 AFL grand final and are in need of a good win against North Melbourne on Good Friday following a 1-3 start to the campaign.
However they will be forced to do without their key defender for up to six weeks after coach Luke Beveridge revealed he is suffering with an unusual hamstring injury.
The Bulldogs are taking no chances on it and Keath will need a spell on the treatment table.
"It's a bit of an unusual hamstring injury. There is a sheath that runs between two of the major muscles and there's an aggravation of that area," Beveridge told reporters ahead of the North clash.
"You've got to be a little bit careful because it can turn nasty. We don’t expect him to be available for a little while.”
There is some good news though as the Bulldogs defence is boosted by the return of Zaine Cordy.
"Zaine will be available to come into the team this afternoon. Two weeks ago, we had 40 out training, but it can turn pretty quickly on the injury front,” Beveridge added.
“Every team is going to face that at different times. Last week was a big challenge key position wise, but with Zaine being available this week that will help us."