All-rounder D’Arcy Short was bitten on his left hand while playing with his dog at home two weeks ago and required stitches, but is close to making his return to play.

Fellow all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is completing the final stages of rehabilitation on a left hamstring injury that he sustained while playing in the UK T20 competition in August this year.

Paceman Matthew Kelly injured his right little finger while batting at training last week that required surgical repair to the base of his fingernail.

WACA Sports Science Sports Medicine Manager, Nick Jones said; “all three players will be reassessed prior to Saturday’s game against South Australia, and are on track to be available for selection early in the JLT Cup.

“D’Arcy had an unlucky incident two weeks ago while playing with his dog, where his hand got in the way of a dog toy and the bite caused a deep laceration to the palm of his hand. He needed a few stitches and surgical washout but has returned to batting and catching balls this week, and is on track for selection in Round 2.

“Marcus and Matt are both very close to being cleared to play, but we would prefer not to rush anyone back at the beginning of the season and want to ensure they have fully recovered from injury before returning to play.”