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Dog and Saint sidelined by exposure; ladder-leaders set for Saturday night

Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley will enter 14 days of isolation after discovering he was at a tier 1 exposure site, while St Kilda defender Darragh Joyce has not joined teammates in Perth after attending the rugby at AAMI Park last week.

Dunkley visited his local cafe on July 14 and that location has since been declared a tier 1 exposure site. He will miss this weekend’s match – the Dogs are currently fixtured to play Adelaide, but that could change.

Josh Dunkley only recently returned from injury.

Josh Dunkley only recently returned from injury.Credit:Getty Images

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

“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’ side will continue preparations as planned.

On Sunday, Toby Greene, Matt de Boer and Callum Mills were ruled out of the Sydney derby in Queensland at the last minute after being among a group of 15 Swans and Giants players and officials caught up in the COVID-19 scare at this week’s Wallabies versus France Test match in Melbourne.

There were five late changes to the game, with Swans Harry Cunningham and Colin O’Riordan also forced out due to health protocols. De Boer had been the Giants’ medi-sub.

A source inside the Giants said the group would have to quarantine for 14 days due to Queensland regulations but that would be backdated from Tuesday, meaning they would be able to leave quarantine in nine days’ time.

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