THE WESTERN Bulldogs are hopeful ruckman Tim English has dodged a serious ankle injury after he went down with a "little tweak" late in the big win over Adelaide.

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The ruckman has played every game this season, but could be in doubt for the crucial round 13 clash against Melbourne.

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Highlights: Western Bulldogs v Adelaide

The Bulldogs and Crows clash in round 12

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"I just asked him how he is and he seems to be OK," Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said after the 57-point victory at Metricon Stadium.

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Full post-match: Bulldogs

Watch Western Bulldogs's press conference after round 12's match against Adelaide

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Midfielder Lachie Hunter finished the day with 29 disposals in his first game back after a personal absence and showed his appreciation for the club with a jumper-grab celebration after a goal.  

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Happy Hunter after gut-running reward

Lachie Hunter grabs his jumper in delight after notching a superb goal on the run

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"He's always been invested," Beveridge said of Hunter.

"He's an influencer, not in a social media sense, but in a football club sense. Hopefully we can have him for a while now."

Meanwhile, injury-plagued Adelaide defender Andrew McPherson is set to have a scan on a "very minor" hamstring issue, according to coach Matthew Nicks.

McPherson made his debut earlier this year after battling injuries throughout his three years on the list.

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"He was tight through the hamstring and with 'Macca', we're really mindful of taking any risk with him due to his history," Nicks said.

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Nicks: 'Our guys are trying'

Matthew Nicks dismissed suggestions his players 'aren't trying', saying they're putting in the effort but simply getting outclassed by better sides

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Forward Darcy Fogarty was omitted for the clash after failing to create contests over the past few games, but Nicks believes he can co-exist in the forward 50 with veteran Taylor Walker.

"I think they can (play in the same team) – with 'Fog' this week we hadn't seen it for two weeks, we hadn't seen what we value," Nicks said.