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Jamie Cripps is a chance to face the Bombers on Sunday

Jamie Cripps is a chance to face the Bombers on Sunday

Four West Coast Eagles have worked their way off the injury list and will be available for selection this week.


Exciting goal sneak Willie Rioli, dashing defender Jackson Nelson, versatile ruckman Drew Petrie and pressure forward Jamie Cripps are all set to make their return to the playing fields after overcoming an array of ailments.

West Coast Eagles senior physiotherapist Paul Tucker said Rioli was on track to play his first game since rupturing his right hamstring tendon in February.

The 21-year-old draftee will likely suit up for East Perth’s reserves side at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

“Willie had been training for the last week and training again this week,” Tucker said.

“Provided he gets through Thursday’s session, we would expect him to have some limited game time this weekend.”

Nelson’s fractured wrist has healed, as has Petrie’s broken hand. Tucker said the pair would need to clear one final hurdle before taking to the field this weekend.

“Jacko has recovered really well from a wrist fracture and we would expect him, also, to be available this weekend should he get through training on Thursday unrestricted,” Tucker said.

“Drew trained well today. He’s been able to grab the footy well and he’s in the same boat as Jacko, whereby we just want to see him get through Thursday’s training without any restriction.”

Jamie Cripps will also be available for selection following a remarkable recovery from an ankle injury.

West Coast medical staff thought the 25-year-old might spent at least eight weeks on the sidelines following his awkward fall against the Hawks in round five, but the resolute forward has healed quickly and will put his hand up to face the Bombers on Sunday.

“Crippa has also progressed a lot quicker than we would have anticipated originally,” Tucker said.

“He’s been in skills training today, will do main training on Thursday and also, if he gets through unscathed, will be available this weekend.”

In more positive news, Eagles fans could see athletic big man Scott Lycett running around in the club’s revered blue and gold guernsey in less than three weeks.

Tucker said Lycett resumed training with the club’s main squad last week.

“He’s still modified in what he does and we would like to see him progress into full, unrestricted training over the next few weeks,” he said.

“Hopefully he’ll be available in about three weeks’ time.”