WESTERN Bulldogs star Robert Murphy hopes his hamstring injury will keep him out for only one week, and midfielder ace Ryan Griffen is also under an injury cloud as the Dogs count the toll from Saturday night’s wipeout against Essendon.
Murphy was substituted out of the 84-point loss to the Bombers with hamstring tightness after a long burst through the middle of the ground, but Murphy is confident scans scheduled for today will show no serious tear.
Griffen injured a calf in the loss at Etihad Stadium – the Dogs’ fourth in five games – and potentially leaves the club without three of its most experienced players — Murphy, Griffen and Daniel Giansiracusa (foot) for Sunday’s challenge against Fremantle in Perth.
”I pulled up a bit tight in the second quarter,” Murphy said yesterday on Channel Seven’s AFL Game Day.
”I went back out and it tightened up even further. I haven’t had a scan or anything, but I would think it’s on the lower end, hopefully just one week.”
Essendon forward Stewart Crameri was also substituted put of the game after injuring a calf in a marking contest in the first quarter and will be assessed during the week ahead of Saturday night’s test against St Kilda.
It appears increasingly unlikely that the Hawks will risk the injured hamstring of league-leading goal-kicker Lance Franklin in Sunday’s game against Greater Western Sydney, but captain Luke Hodge could return in the clash at the MCG.
Acting captain in place of Hodge, Hawks vice-captain Jordan Lewis, said Hodge was a chance to overcome his lingering knee injury and play his first game since round six.
”He has missed a lot of football this year so they are not going to rush him, but they may introduce him this week, which I am pretty confident that they will,” Lewis said on Channel Seven.
Franklin, who kicked four goals against the Blues on Friday, finished the match on the bench with hamstring tightness but scans have cleared him of structural damage and he will be monitored at training this week.
Giants veteran Luke Power has been cleared of broken ribs, but will still be in doubt for the Hawks clash after copping a heavy knock against Sydney on Saturday night.
The Giants are more concerned over a foot injury to youngster Dylan Shiel, which could be season-ending.
Richmond expects to be without forward Jake King for six weeks after he sustained a knee medial ligament injury against Adelaide on Saturday.
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