Patten cleared to play for

Fullback Luke Patten has overcome a shoulder injury and been cleared to play in the Bulldogs' National Rugby League clash with the Sydney Roosters in Sydney tonight.

Patten passed a fitness test this afternoon in a welcome boost for the embattled Bulldogs before the showdown with the NRL defending premiers at Telstra Stadium.

The Bulldogs still have a long injury list that includes recent additions Mark O'Meley, Willie Talau and Tony Grimaldi.