Laitham Vandermeer
Injury Knee
Out 4-6 weeks
DWestern Bulldogs
May 11, 2021
Vandermeer "suffered some innocuous knee pain. Scans have confirmed he did suffer some cartilage damage in his knee," per head of sports medicine Chris Bell. He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Vandermeer doesn't have as much fantasy value to add with no more than 14 disposals recorded in a single game this season but injuries are never a great omen. He'll hope to return in a month at the earliest.
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Won't play Sunday
DWestern Bulldogs
May 8, 2021
Vandermeer (back) will miss Sunday's match against the Blues.
Vandermeer's back issue popped up prior to last week's match and he's now out of the lineup for that reason for a second straight contest. It doesn't sound like the issue is considered serious, however, so he may be in line for a return in the near future.
Labeled test for Sunday
DWestern Bulldogs
May 4, 2021
Vandermeer (back) sports a test label for Sunday's contest versus the Blues.
Vandermeer was unable to suit up for Round 7 due to some persistent back spasms. However, he seems likely to rejoin the action if he can train fully the rest of the week without issue.
Expected back for Round 6
DWestern Bulldogs
April 19, 2021
Bulldogs head of sports medicine Chris Bell said that Vandermeer is expected to be available for Friday's Round 6 match with the Giants while he recovers from back spasms.
Vandermeer was a late scratch ahead of the Bulldogs' Round 5 win over the Suns due to the injury. His condition had improved when he was evaluated after that match, so he looks like he'll be ready to go by the time the weekend arrives.
Out for Round 5
DWestern Bulldogs
April 16, 2021
Vandermeer was a late scratch for Round 5 against Gold Coast.
Vandermeer will be replaced by Pat Lipinski. He will look to play again in Round 6 against the Giants.
Deemed emergency option
DWestern Bulldogs
October 2, 2020
Vandermeer (hamstring) is listed as an emergency for Saturday's elimination final.
Vandermeer is unlikely to take part in the contest but would be available as a late addition to the lineup should it be necessary.