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Aussie Rules: English to miss Gold Coast

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says Tim English will be on the sidelines for at least another week after he missed Friday night’s 48-point win against Collingwood with flu.

The Bulldogs are out to make the AFL top eight this season and gave their season a boost with the convincing win over the Pies at Marvel Stadium.

English hit by flu

They will go in search of back-to-back wins when they face the Gold Coast next week but speaking after the game on Friday, Beveridge says English will not be involved.

Ruckman Jordon Sweet has stepped in to replace English and Beveridge has been delighted with the job he has done.

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So much so, he will keep the job against the Suns while English continues with his recovery from the flu.

Sweet job

“I don’t think Tim will come back this week. I mentioned he’d been really ill and I mean really ill and so I don’t think he’ll be ready to play next week so ‘Sweety’ is likely to continue on,” Beveridge said post-game.

“Jarrod Witts got the 10 coaches votes last week and was really influential in the game against the Swans having studied them in the lead-up, so he’ll be a big challenge for Sweety but it’s likely to be a similar (ruck) set up as it was tonight.

“(English) just has a really, really bad bout of this flu. It’s just really knocked him around. Nothing sinister, we think he’ll be OK, but he’s probably dropped a little bit of weight and it will take a while to get his bearings again.”

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