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SJOG Injury Report: Duggan raring to go

SJOG Health Care Injury Update: Round 22 Senior Physiotherapist Paul Tucker takes us through the players currently on modified programs.

Liam Duggan will get an opportunity to stake his senior recall claims ahead of the September action after overcoming an ankle setback.

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The premiership defender returned to action a fortnight ago via the WAFL only to aggravate the ankle ailment that sidelined him for four weeks earlier this year.

West Coast Eagles senior physiotherapist Paul Tucker said the 22-year-old was eager to get back on the paddock.

“Liam was pretty close to playing last week but wasn’t quite right, so we’ve given him a training session today, which he got through quite successfully,” Tucker said.

“He’s put his hand up for selection this weekend.”

While Duggan is raring to go, second-year key position player Jarrod Brander will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his damaged right hamstring tendon.

Tucker said the surgeon was pleased with the outcome of the operation and that Brander was in good spirits.

“Jarrod had surgery to repair the hamstring tendon last night,” Tucker said.

“The doctors have spoken to the surgeon today and everything went well. Jarrod is now in the process of his rehabilitation and will just be building over the next couple of months.”

In more positive news, WAFL Eagles captain Fraser McInnes and developing defender Luke Foley are just one week away from resuming from respective quad and calf injuries.

Basketball convert Brodie Riach is also a chance to return via the state league side this year despite succumbing to a fibular stress fracture just two weeks ago.

“Brodie has made some really good progress in recovering from the stress reaction that he suffered,” Tucker said.

“As part of his progression we would also like to see him return to play, hopefully before the end of the season.

Josh Smith (hamstring) is also eyeing a return to action in three weeks’ time.

“Smithy is progressing through training with the group and the last couple of things he needs to sign off on is some high speed running, which he will do over the next couple of weeks," Tucker said.

Nic Naitanui is continuing to make progress in his comeback from an ankle injury.

The talismanic ruckman ramped up his running program and joined in during a light skills session at Mineral Resources Park this morning.

“Nic started to join in some basic skill training today with the group,” Tucker said.

“That’s part of his progression into a full training session, which we would like to see him participate in the next couple of weeks.”