West Coast has received positive news on the injury front, with captain Luke Shuey and Oscar Allen on track to face Port Adelaide, while Jake Waterman is set to play his first game of the year in the WAFL.
Shuey got through a power of work last Saturday and if he gets through main training at Optus Stadium on Wednesday night should be back from a hamstring strain against the Power.
“Luke had a terrific load session last Saturday,” General Manager of Football Craig Vozzo told westcoasteagles.com.au.
“He ticked off everything we need from a preparation perspective, be it speed, distance, etcetera and he pulled up really well.
“He just needs to get through the training week and he’ll be available to play against Port on the weekend.”
Allen hurt his shoulder late against the Western Bulldogs but is expected to run out for Saturday’s clash with the ladder leaders.
“’Ozzie’ obviously had a bit of a scare with the shoulder. We were all a bit taken aback when saw the incident, but he’s pulled up well,” Vozzo said.
“He’s a little sore but there’s no structural damage, the scans and the doctors have confirmed.
“Just a little bit tender, he’ll have a light week and if he gets through training as we expect he will he’ll be available to train this week.”
Waterman has been hampered by a back issue in recent months but is set to be available on reduced minutes against Perth in a battle of the Mineral Resources Park co-tenants in round one of the WAFL on Saturday.
It will be his first match since last year’s elimination final at the end of a highly-encouraging fourth year in blue and gold.
“It’s going to be exciting to have Jake back this week,” Vozzo said.
“He’ll be staking his claim no doubt really quickly. He’s in really good condition now and fully-recovered from the back.”
Meanwhile, dual club champion Elliot Yeo is taking steps forward following his osteitis pubis complaint and is aiming to ramp up his training this week.
“Yeoy’s had a really strong week-and-a-half,” Vozzo said.
“He’s got another session on Friday, which will incorporate some football training with the main group and then if he gets through all that we’ll start planning what timelines we might set towards a return to play.
“It’s good news, but optimistically cautious, if that makes sense.”
There is also positivity surrounding experienced onballer Mark Hutchings (knee), young ruck-forward Bailey Williams (ankle) and small forward Jarrod Cameron (groin).
“Mark is in really good condition now. He’s really building his mini pre-season. If he gets through next week he’ll be available to play, so that will be AFL (round) five,” Vozzo said.
“Bailey is good. His ankle is fully recovered so he’s just rebuilding his fitness and strength and expect him to be available to play next week.
“Jarrod is elevating his training after a two-week layoff a while back now.
“If he gets through the next fortnight we expect him to be available for AFL (round) five for some game minutes back in the WAFL.”
Oscar Allen Shoulder Test
Jarrod Cameron Groin 2 weeks
Mark Hutchings Knee 2 weeks
Luke Shuey Hamstring Test
Daniel Venables Concussion TBC
Jake Waterman Back Test
Bailey Williams Ankle 1 week
Elliot Yeo Groin TBC