West Coast Eagles defender Tom Barrass will undergo a fitness test later this week to confirm his availability to face Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday.

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Barrass suffered a cork to his right calf late in his WAFL return against East Fremantle on Saturday and took no further part in the game.

The Eagles may be without star defender Jeremy McGovern, pending the outcome of his tribunal hearing this afternoon, so Barrass’ availability will be of particular interest to the Eagles’ match committee.

West Coast Eagles senior physiotherapist Paul Tucker expected Barrass to play this weekend.

“Unfortunately for Tom he got a decent cork late in the game on the weekend; he’s still recovering from that,” Tucker said.

“At the moment we’re just going to give him time and see how he progresses as the week goes on.

“We’re pretty confident he’ll get up this weekend.”

In positive news, young defender Harry Edwards recently started his running program after missing a large portion of the season due to a foot stress injury.

“Harry’s been running, probably for the last week, week and a half now, in a gradual progression,” Tucker said.

“We’re looking to build his on-ground time over the next few weeks and then basically see where we get to as the week’s go on.”

There is still no return to play date set for youngster Daniel Venables, who is recovering from the concussion he sustained against Melbourne in round nine.

“At the moment he’s still progressing through a number of rehabilitation exercises, as well as doing some cardiovascular work,” Tucker said.

“He’s coping with what we’re giving him at the moment.”