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SJOG Injury Update: Jetta set for fitness test

SJOG Health Care Injury Update: Round 5 Senior Physiotherapist Paul Tucker takes us through the players currently on modified programs

The West Coast Eagles are likely to have just two players on the club’s injury list heading into its Good Friday AFL and WAFL fixtures.

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Should Lewis Jetta overcome the hamstring complaint that kept him out of Saturday night’s victory over Fremantle, only long-term injury prospects Willie Rioli and Nic Naitanui will be unavailable for selection this week.

Senior physiotherapist Paul Tucker said Jetta was close to playing in RAC Derby 49, but medical staff opted to err on the side of caution with the dynamic defender.

The 29-year-old will undergo a fitness test tonight to press his selection case for Friday’s clash with Port Adelaide.

“Lewis Jetta had a tight hamstring late last week and we gave him every opportunity to get up for the game, but unfortunately he was still aware of it on game day,” Tucker said.

“He’s a fitness test tonight and we hopefully will see him get through that and be available this weekend.”

Rioli might be five weeks away from taking the field, but Tucker said he was on the right track in his recovery from a stress-related foot injury.

Tucker expected the premiership forward to hit the training track tonight.

“Willie’s started the progression back into training with his first on-ground session today,” Tucker said.

“He’s been progressing really well with all his gym and other rehab stuff. He’s going quite well.”

Nic Naitanui is also firing through his rehabilitation program, but the club is yet to set a return to play date for the 2012 all-Australian ruckman.

“The rehab boys are really pleased where Nic is at the moment,” Tucker said.

“He’s been ticking all the boxes as he’s gone and at the moment we are just looking at how they set his program between now and when he returns to play.”

Tucker also revealed that Keegan Brooksby would be available for selection despite leaving the field late during the WAFL Eagles’ triumph over Peel on Saturday.

“Keegan did get quite a nasty knock towards the back of his knee, but he’s recovered really well from that and we would expect him to train tonight and be available this weekend,” Tucker said.