Dogs star no certainty for Lions AFL game

Michael Ramsey

Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli could face another week on the sidelines after being a late withdrawal for their win over Gold Coast in Ballarat.

Bontempelli had been due to stand in for injured captain Easton Wood (hamstring) but was pulled from Saturday's game with hip soreness.

His side went on to secure an 11.15 (81) to 10.12 (72) victory at Mars Stadium.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said Bontempelli would face a fitness test ahead of next Saturday night's clash with Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.

"He was pretty close (to playing)," Beveridge said.

"He trained Thursday in our session, although modified, and he got through. And then on Friday he just didn't present. Marcus wants to play every week so when he's telling you that it might be tough, then we pulled the right lever there.

He had a little bit of treatment yesterday midday and he's reported today that he's feeling pretty good from that.

"He's a chance. If he trains on Thursday then he'll play."

Beveridge added that it had been a no-brainer to wait until the last moment to disclose that Bontempelli would not be playing.

"We knew yesterday that he wasn't playing," he said.

"I suppose everyone wants to know early but when you consider the time the opposition would put into planning for our team and what Marcus is doing, it's better that the opposition don't know until they get the team sheet."

Lachie Hunter filled in as captain in Ballarat after winning a toss of the coin with fellow leadership group member Jason Johannisen.

Beveridge confirmed Johannisen would lead out the Bulldogs against the Lions should neither Wood nor Bontempelli be available.

Beveridge said fringe ruckmen Jackson Trengove and Tom Campbell would come into the mix for senior selection after Gold Coast big man Jarrod Witts racked up 58 hitouts against Tom Boyd and Tim English on Saturday.