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Keath on track for grand final

Western Bulldogs defender Alex Keath, (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WESTERN Bulldogs Alex Keath and Laitham Vandermeer are tracking to overcome hamstring injuries and be available for the AFL grand final, coach Luke Beveridge says.

Key defender Keath missed the Dogs’ preliminary final victory last weekend, a game in which Vandermeer was substituted because of his injury.

Both face fitness tests next week ahead of the Septemer 25 premiership decider against Melbourne in Perth.

“Alex still needs to tick off a few parameters but he’s on track, he’s looking good,” Beveridge told reporters on Thursday.

“Laitham came off with some hamstring concerns and we believe, after full assessment, that he has copped a knock in his glute and he has had some referred pain and some referred restriction going on.”

Vandermeer tore a hamstring in round 14 last year and missed the rest of the season.

“You can imagine if you have had some history there, the alarm bells start to ring,” Beveridge said of the 22-year-old’s latest ailment.

“So he put his hand up, he wanted to come off (in the preliminary final) and make sure he was alright.

“And we didn’t know that he was restricted so signs are looking good for Laith as well, so some positives there.”

The Bulldogs are also certain to recall lively forward Cody Weightman, who missed the 71-point preliminary final win against Port Adelaide after being concussed the week prior.

(C) AAP 2021