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Aussie Rules: Bulldogs missing English

The Western Bulldogs have confirmed they will be without star ruckman Tim English for another week after he was struck down by illness.

The Bulldogs are priced at 31/50 to beat Collingwood but will have to do it without a number of key players including English.

Injuries bite Bulldogs

Coach Luke Beveridge has already been hit by the news that Laith Vandermeer and Cody Weightman are facing spells on the sidelines with hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively.

Tim O’Brien is also out with a calf injury and now English can also be added to the list of casualties.

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English has already missed three weeks with a hamstring injury this season and now a bout of flu will keep him out of the game against the Pies.

"Tim unfortunately is ill, he's crook. So he won't play," Beveridge told reporters ahead of the game. "He's recovered from the injury but he's really sick. I think this flu that's going around has got a hold of him and it's knocked him around.

"It's whatever the heavy dose of this flu is, it's really floored him. So we'll miss him this week again."

Duo return boost

There is some good news though as defender Alex Keath is set to return to action after five weeks out with a hamstring injury, while captain Marcus Bontempelli is also set to face the Magpies.

Defender Luke Cleary is also set to make his AFL debut. The 19-year-old was taken with pick No.61 in last year's NAB AFL Draft and now gets the chance to shine.

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