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Embley set to face Cats

Sportal August 7, 2012, 7:24 pm
Andrew Embley

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West Coast coach John Worsfold has left the door open for the return of Andrew Embley against Geelong on Friday night, rating him a 'good chance' of playing.

Embley has not played since Round 2 against Melbourne when he injured his shoulder in an attempted tackle, which required surgery.

The 2006 Norm Smith medallist has spent the past two weeks in the WAFL with Swan Districts as part of his return and gradually increased his workload.

He was expected to make his return as the sub but Worsfold said he might bypass the green vest and play a full game on his return.

"I'm pretty confident he is right to go," he said.

"There's a good chance he'll come in this week."

Worsfold said there would be no risk associated with his return when the Eagles did decide to bring him back.

"We'd sort of make sure that this is the best thing for him," he said.

"If we bring him in this week or if we train him up for another week before we look at him at AFL level but from all accounts from how he's pulled up from the weekend he's feeling really good.

"A full hit out would be great for him, if he played as a sub just stepping up to the intensity of AFL footy would be okay as well and it wouldn't be for as long a period."

Chris Masten was forced from the ground late in the game against the Dockers with a tight left hamstring but was said to have pulled up well.

Jack Darling is expected to line up against Geelong despite a knock to the elbow.

Worsfold also hinted at possible changes at the selection table after below par performances from several Eagles against Fremantle.

"(Bradd) Dalziell, (Darren) Glass obviously, Embley, (Andrew) Strijk, Lewis Stevenson, all of those guys are in line for selection," Worsfold said.

The Eagles are hopeful midfielder Matt Rosa will return against Port Adelaide in a fortnight.

Skipper Glass will return from his one-week suspension for a high hit on Brisbane's Jonathan Brown.

The Eagles' back line struggled in the absence of Glass with Matthew Pavlich kicking eight and will face the prospect of an in form Tom Hawkins on Friday.

Worsfold backed Eric McKenzie to rebound from the tough outing.

"Depending on how well the team is going that's going to dictate how well they (defenders) look at the end of the day, so Eric's ready to go, ready for all of the challenges that he's copping and he's growing and learning all of the time," Worsfold said.

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