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The Western Bulldogs will closely monitor Jordan Roughead's eye injury in the coming days, but remain optimistic the ruckman will play in Saturday's grand final.

Roughead, along with Lin Jong (collarbone) and Matt Suckling (Achilles), are the key injury concerns for the Dogs going into the premiership decider against Sydney.

Roughead did not return to the field after leaving the pulsating preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney in the second quarter when he was hit in the right eye by the ball.

He consulted an eye specialist in Melbourne on Sunday after he suffered bleeding in the eye.

"It's a wait-and-see game ... (but) it's just his eye - I don't think he was concussed," Bulldogs midfielder Jack Macrae told reporters on Sunday.

"I think they didn't want to risk (further damage) - when it's your eyes that's your life - you don't want to be going blind over footy."

Jong broke his right collarbone in the elimination final win over West Coast less than three weeks ago but pressed his claims for a return with a strong performance in Sunday's VFL grand final.

With his good shoulder strapped in a ploy designed to throw off opponents keen to test him out, Jong was awarded the Norm Goss Medal as best player afield in Footscray's win over Casey.

Nevertheless, he had a torrid time of it as he was slung heavily to the ground by Casey defender Lynden Dunn in an incident that sparked a melee and also fell on his back in a marking contest late in the game.

But he was all smiles after the final siren and indicated his collarbone had passed the test.

Suckling has managed an Achilles injury during the latter stages of the season and didn't play against the Giants.

However, the club is bullish about his chances of returning to the side.

Roughead's injury was one of the few negatives to come out of the Dogs' stirring win that put them into their first grand final since 1961.

Injuries, most notably a season-ending knee injury to captain Bob Murphy, have been a recurring theme for the Bulldogs this year, but Luke Beveridge's side has shown remarkable resilience to earn their premiership shot.

"It's hard to put it down to just one thing, but if I had to I'd say it's the belief in the group," Macrae said.

"We're a young group but we're as determined as any I've ever seen. The belief in the players and the spirit that we get off each other throughout the year (has been great).

"When we had injuries players stepped up - it was always about who was coming in to play and not who was going out.

"It's been a tough year at different times but to get through the other side has really made us grow into a complete team."

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