THE WESTERN Bulldogs are poised to tackle their crucial clash against Hawthorn without livewire Cody Weightman.
The small forward booted five first-half goals against Greater Western Sydney then dislocated his elbow in the third quarter but still played out the game.
Weightman trained on Wednesday but coach Luke Beveridge indicated, while the 21-year-old avoided bone damage, only stretching his ligaments, the six-day break to Friday night's game was likely too little.
"It's a pretty traumatic sort of injury, and he is going to train today but we want to make sure that if he if he plays, he's pain-free, he's comfortable and he can play his natural game," Beveridge told reporters.
Tim Englishwill miss with delayed onset concussion but Beveridge expected him to be fit to face Brisbane the following week.
The Bulldogs are four points outside the eight and realistically need to beat the Hawks to stay firmly in touch with the finals spots ahead of a brutal run.
Matches against Brisbane, Sydney, St Kilda, Melbourne, Geelong and Fremantle await but Beveridge was wary of looking too far ahead.
"Beyond this game we've got a stretch of playing against teams who are above us, which is a fact," he said.
Hope Bevo is right on English - should miss just the 1 game