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SJOG Injury Report: Willie in the mix

SJOG Health Care Injury Update: Round 9 General Manager of Football Craig Vozzo takes us through the players currently on modified programs

Willie Rioli is set to face Melbourne during the club's inaugural Waalitj Dreaming Game at Optus Stadium on Friday night.

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West Coast Eagles general manager of football Craig Vozzo said the electric small forward was ready to go after missing the first eight weeks of the season with a stress-related foot injury.

“Willie has had a long journey back from that foot injury,” Vozzo said.

“We’ve had to be patient, as has he, and he’s handled that really well. He’s trained with real intensity, particularly over the last six weeks.

“We’re expecting him to get through training tonight and be available for selection.”

Towering Eagle Tom Hickey is also in line to face Simon Goodwin’s men after overcoming a hamstring ailment.

The athletic ruckman powered through an extensive training session on Saturday and just needs to get through tonight’s main hit-out to be available for selection.

“He wasn’t quite right last weekend to play, but he got through Saturday’s session really well. We are main training tonight and assuming that he gets through that, which we expect, he’ll be available for selection.”

While those two will be vying for an AFL call-up, Jarrod Cameron is eyeing a return via the club’s WAFL side.

The first-year Eagle will undergo a fitness test at training this evening to prove his availability for Thursday night’s clash with former WAFL affiliate East Perth.

Two other WAFL regulars, Francis Watson and Hamish Brayshaw, are two and three weeks away from returning to play respectively.

Watson is still recovering from the shoulder injury he suffered against Claremont in round four, while Brayshaw is making progressing through his turf toe rehabilitation program.

“Frank Watson is still recovering from his AC joint sprain. We expect it will probably be a two-week period before we see him return to play, but (he’s) making decent progress,” Vozzo said.

“Young Hamish has had that turf toe injury. We had scans which revealed that it wasn’t as serious as we originally had anticipated, which is great news for us and for Hamish. But we still think it’s probably a three-week build to return to play.”