Injury wrap: Devastating blow for Dogs, concussed Lion out for TWO games

SCANS have confirmed Western Bulldogs debutant Aurora Smith has torn her right ACL and suffered a medial meniscus injury.

The 18-year-old Murray Bushrangers recruit was selected with pick No.25 in last year's NAB AFLW Draft, and was named on the wing in the NAB AFLW Under-19 All-Australian team.

"The entire AFLW program is absolutely devastated for Aurora, particularly in her debut game," Bulldogs head of women's footy Debbie Lee said.

"Since joining our program, she has done everything she can to ready herself for this moment, and we were really looking forward to seeing what she could do at AFLW level.

"We know she has a long career ahead of her, so as a club we will wrap our arms around Aurora and her family, and provide them with all the support they need."

Smith is the 11th player to have suffered a torn ACL across the pre-season and six rounds of footy.

Collingwood has confirmed skipper Steph Chiocci will return for Sunday's big clash against North Melbourne.

The 33-year-old has missed three matches across this season with Achilles soreness.

Brisbane's condensed fixture has meant star key forward Dakota Davidson will miss two matches through the AFL's concussion protocols.

The minimum timeframe for a player's return from concussion is 12 days, which given Davidson suffered her injury on Sunday, will rule her out of both the QClash against Gold Coast and Monday night's blockbuster against Melbourne.

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Important Lions forward Dakota Davidson is assisted off the field after hurting her head in this clash

In better news for the Lions, integral defender Shannon Campbell will be available for selection after missing last round with concussion, while top draftee Maggie Harmer will resume full training, having been sidelined this season with a foot injury.

Melbourne is aiming to unveil big recruit Liv Purcell against Brisbane, with the 2020 All-Australian having fully recovered from a torn ACL.

"Olivia Purcell got through another VFLW game, playing full minutes, competed really well and has pulled up well, so she'll be putting her hand up, and all going well, she'll make her debut for the club next Monday night," coach Mick Stinear said.

New Demon Liv Purcell. Picture: AFL Photos

Casey Sherriff will require a second week on the sidelines due to concussion, while midfielder Maddi Gay is two weeks away with a quad injury.

Lively Gold Coast forward Kalinda Howarth will be required to pass a test in order to play this week, having missed the win over Geelong with a minor shoulder injury.

Geelong key forward Liv Barber is building nicely after tearing her PCL last year, kicking three goals in the VFLW.

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