Jason Winderlich will miss at least the next fortnight after suffering hamstring tightness against West Coast on Sunday.

Winderlich was substituted out of the match against the Eagles during the second quarter after suffering further tightness to his hamstring.

Football Operations Manager Steve Alessio said the lively forward was likely to miss at least the next two weeks.

“At first we were a little bit fearful that he might have torn it and we know he has had a bit of a history with his hamstring,” Alessio said.

“His hamstring is very tight but it is probably the better case scenario for us with regards to Jason.”

“It still means with his history he will still miss a couple of weeks.”

There is hope key forward Michael Hurley may be fit to take on North Melbourne on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium as he looks to return from an ankle injury.

Hurley has been on the sidelines since suffering the injury during the Bombers Round 18 loss to Hawthorn.

Alessio said the 23-year-old would push his claims for a recall at training later in the week.

“Hurls has stepped up his training in the last week, he will continue to do that this week and he is probably 60-40 with his approach for this week,” he said.

“It all depends on how he pulls up this week but he would definitely be available for the next week.”

Scott Gumbleton suffered a cork during the match that will be monitored throughout the week at training.

Youngster Jackson Merrett will also return from a two week lay off on Saturday after he took time off to recover from an ankle concern.