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Western Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley has been forced into 14-day isolation. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WESTERN Bulldogs gun Josh Dunkley has been forced into a 14-day home quarantine after visiting a Tier 1 coronavirus exposure site in Victoria.

Dunkley had visited his local cafe on July 14, which was later declared a Tier 1 exposure site, and was directed to self-isolate for 14 days from that date by the Victorian Department of Health on Sunday.

The 24-year-old made his return against Gold Coast on Saturday, after missing 10 games due to a shoulder reconstruction, but has now been ruled out of their game – currently scheduled against Adelaide – this weekend.

“Since July 14, Dunkley has received two separate negative coronavirus test results,” the Bulldogs said in a statement.

“The entire Bulldogs travelling party also received a negative result during their trip to the Gold Coast, as part of the AFL’s testing regime.”

The rest of the Bulldogs’ squad will prepare for this weekend as normal.

Meanwhile, Sydney and GWS face an anxious wait to find out the availability of eight AFL players forced to quarantine in Queensland after attending a COVID-19 exposure site.

The group, which includes star Giants midfielder Toby Greene, were made unavailable shortly before the Swans took to the field in their come-from-behind win on the Gold Coast on Sunday night.

Greene and medical substitute Matt De Boer were late scratchings for GWS, as were Sydney’s Callum Mills and teammates Harry Cunningham and Colin O’Riordan (medical substitute).

Unselected Giants Kieren Briggs and Jake Stein and Sydney ruckman Callum Sinclair are also isolating.

Fifteen players and staff members in total from the two Sydney-based clubs attended the Wallabies’ Test match against France in Melbourne on Tuesday night.

They were in an area of Melbourne’s AAMI Park that has since been reclassified as a Tier 2 exposure site by the Victorian Government and under

“Each of these players and staff members, currently located in Queensland and under Queensland Department of Health requirements must isolate until notified by the Department,” the AFL said in a statement.

Swans coach John Longmire and Giants mentor Leon Cameron said they had no details about the isolation time frame.

Replacement players arrived at Metricon Stadium about 20 minutes before the first bounce, with the Swans’ three ring-ins having played a scratch match the day prior.

“We got the medical staff in and went through the players that we thought could back up. I rang them and told them to get in the car and come to the ground, get changed,” Longmire said.

“They continue to be able to deliver when things are stacked against them.

“Our staff was also decimated. We’re on the bones as we are with staffing.

“To say it was a good win would be an understatement.”

Cameron didn’t weigh-in when asked if the AFL should pause the competition to get on top of the quarantine and bubble situation.

“I’ve heard some whispers about that. Whatever the AFL put in front of us, it’s in the best interest of everyone.”

(C) AAP 2021