Dan Hannebery
Dan Hannebery

Sydney coach John Longmire said he is wary of complacency after the Western Bulldogs named a strong side for their clash on Sunday.

Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney, Ryan Griffen and Shaun Higgins are among seven inclusions in the Bulldogs' 25-man squad for the Etihad Stadium clash.

Despite the Dogs coming into the weekend on an eight-match losing streak, Longmire has warned his players must not take Brendan McCartney's struggling side lightly.

"They've got seven ins, this week, the Bulldogs, including Griffen, Cooney and Higgins," Longmire said on Friday.

"There's some absolute quality players coming into the Bulldogs team.

"It's arguably the best Bulldogs team, certainly on paper, for the year."

Longmire hinted midfielder Jude Bolton could return earlier than expected from a partial tear of his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments.

Bolton was originally ruled out until the first week of September, but the Sydney veteran may yet return during the home and away season.

"He's surprised us with how he's coming along," Longmire said.

"He's running on his knee and it's pulling up really well.

"Next week he'll certainly be pushing to do some training drills at some point we imagine, just being the bloke Jude Bolton is.

"Whether he's ready for selection or not next week or not, I'm not too sure but just the positive person he is makes a massive difference.

"It's amazing the relationship between what happens between your ears and what happens in your knee."

Longmire said forward Sam Reid, who has missed two games with a knee injury, will definitely play if he gets through Friday's training session.

"It was a pretty quick conversation with the medical staff in regards to 'Reidy'," Longmire said.


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