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Classy trio facing fitness tests

SJOG Health Care Injury Update: Rd 9 v Tigers General Manager of Football Operations Craig Vozzo talks us through the players working on modified programs
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 29: Dom Sheed of the Eagles enters the arena during the 2018 AFL round six match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium on April 29, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media)
Dom Sheed is pushing for a return against Richmond

Three key Eagles will undergo fitness tests later this week as they vie for selection to take on Richmond this Sunday.

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Dual all-Australian defender Jeremy McGovern (calf), speedy half-back Lewis Jetta (calf) and inside bull Dom Sheed (toe) are all a chance to take on the reigning premiers at Optus Stadium should they get through main training this Thursday.

West Coast general manager of football Craig Vozzo said the signs were good for the classy trio.

“We took a conservative approach with Jeremy last week with that calf,” Vozzo said.

“He’s recovering really well though and we expect him to be up and running and full training this week. If he gets through that he’ll be available to play.

“Lewis has signed off all of the protocols we usually have for this type of injury and progressing towards full training on Thursday.

“Dom is building nicely. He’s had that toe injury which is healing well and we’re expecting him to main train Thursday.”

Vozzo also provided a positive update regarding exciting youngsters Liam Ryan and Daniel Venables.

The footy boss said the pair, who suffered almost identical ankle injuries in back-to-back home games, had made some significant progress in their rehabilitation programs.

“Both Liam and Dan are progressing well through their rehab. They’ve had really positive outcomes at the surgical reviews they had recently and now we are elevating the amount of training they are going to be doing,” Vozzo revealed.

“We’re expecting Liam will be around about six weeks away and Dan probably a week on top of that, so around the seven-week mark from here.”

The club is continuing to monitor Jack Petruccelle’s progress as he works his way back from an ankle sprain sustained against Port Adelaide in round seven.

Vozzo said he would probably spend another week on the sidelines.

“Petch is tracking quite well and getting better by the day but we will take a conservative approach with his build up into game,” he said.

“I think he’s probably going to be another one, possible two weeks.”