West Coast is set to field a strong line-up in Saturday night’s elimination final with Luke Shuey, Josh Kennedy and Jeremy McGovern on track to take their spots against Collingwood.
The star trio will be tested during main training at Optus Stadium on Wednesday night, but are expected to be available along with fellow 2018 premiership players Jack Redden (thumb), Lewis Jetta (calf) and Mark Hutchings (hamstring).
Kennedy ramped up his recovery from a sore ankle on Monday when he ran for the first time since he was put on ice before half-time against North Melbourne in round 18.
“A lot of talk around Josh, particularly at the footy club,” General Manager – Football Craig Vozzo told westcoasteagles.com.au.
“He’s tracking well. He had a light week as we discussed last week and did a bit more change of direction yesterday.
“He’ll ramp up full training tomorrow. Expect him to get through that and be available, so exciting news.”
McGovern will have had 23 days to recover from a hamstring twinge by Saturday’s bouncedown and the intercept-marking backman has ticked all the boxes asked of him so far.
“Jeremy has passed all the tests our (strength and conditioning) and rehab staff have asked off him to this point in time,” Vozzo said.
“He’ll train with the main group tomorrow night. Expect he’ll get through and be available for selection.”
Shuey and Hutchings are both champing at the bit to get back into action following hamstring issues, while Redden will be back from a fractured thumb suffered in round 16 against the Western Bulldogs.
“Luke Shuey and Mark Hutchings both signed off on some high speed running last week, which was terrific,” Vozzo said.
“They’re raring to go. We’re holding both back. They’re very confident in where they’re at.
“They just have to get through main training. They’ll be a test for that but we’re expecting them to get through.
“Jack is tracking really well. He’s about three-and-a-half weeks post-surgery. He’s had a plate inserted, a bit similar to Jake Waterman earlier in the year.
“Different spot in the hand, but nonetheless the same level of protection.
“We’re expecting he’ll be available to play with a guard and he’ll do some more contact training tomorrow night.”
Jetta is also pushing to play his first game since the Dogs loss, and Jamie Cripps will be back after returning to Perth following the round 14 defeat to Richmond for the birth of his son, Reif.
“Lewis the old calf strain. He’s had those from time to time. Not so many for a while, but with the extra week it’s been great,” Vozzo said.
“He’s flying on the track, high-speed running is through the roof and expect him to be available for selection.”