“Lloyd will also have surgery – to repair a broken collarbone – after he fell heavily in the third quarter,” the Western Bulldogs said in a statement.
“The club will determine Lloyd’s rehabilitation timeframe following the procedure.”
Coach Luke Beveridge said after the match: “We will miss him [Naughton], but we’ll find a way. Someone else will come in and play a role.”
“You need to adapt.
“But yeah if he’s out, he’s going to be a difficult player to replace.”
Lloyd kicked one goal and had five disposals, three score involvements and two tackles against the Swans. He picked up his injury in the third term. A broken collarbone can sideline a player for four to eight weeks.
Bailey Dale’s report threatened to complice matters for the Bulldogs more, but the 183-centimetre forward was cleared.
The Bulldogs lost Josh Dunkley for six to eight weeks with an ankle injury last week. Easton Wood (quad) is still a week or two away while Lachie Hunter has another week of suspension left.
Josh Schache, who finished 2019 with promise, is an option to come in for Naughton.
Josh Bruce remains in the Bulldogs’ forward line as a key target but is yet to hit his straps following his off-season move from St Kilda.
Anthony is a sports and general news reporter at The Age.