Kennedy set to boost Eagles

Sportal August 22, 2012, 1:37 pm
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West Coast will enter this weekend's blockbuster clash against Collingwood with a trio of stars available for selection, according to coach John Worsfold.

Power forward Josh Kennedy will return from the ankle injury that has kept him sidelined since Round 5, while midfielder Matt Rosa has recovered from a broken jaw.

Rookie-listed Brad Dick could be in line to make his debut for the Eagles against his former club after a month of solid performances in the WAFL, which included a six-goal haul on Sunday.

The Eagles are yet to elevate him from their rookie list but have room to do so with Mark LeCras and Mark Nicoski on the long-term injury list.

Kennedy, who turns 25 on Saturday, returned last weekend in the WAFL for East Fremantle and gathered 10 disposals, six marks and kicked two goals.

Worsfold said he had pulled up well and worked hard to make his return.

"Kennedy in our forward line is great for us," Worsfold said.

"We've got to pick our best team and we think he's definitely in our best team.

"He's ready to go. Our expectations are that he comes in and plays his role and does his best for the team."

Dick played 27 games in an injury-interrupted career at the Magpies but was handed an AFL lifeline by West Coast last year when they selected him in the rookie draft.

He has overcome two knee-reconstructions and Worsfold said his form warranted consideration at the selection table.

"He's been a chance to play for the last month," he said.

"We're really pleased with how he's tracking and he's on our list and available for selection.

"He's come along exceptionally well and the form he's in means he's up for selection."

Rosa was believed to be a chance to play last weekend against Port Adelaide but did not travel with the team.

When asked if Rosa would come straight back into the team, Worsfold quipped he would only be available for selection.

"He's fit to play this week if he's selected," he said.

Adam Selwood has pulled up well from a fortnight of heavy knocks but will face tests later in the week.

"But like with all these things, they do their testing on Thursday or Friday, so he'll do that," Worsfold said.

"All the indications are that he's had no side effects at all."

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