Is West Coast coach Adam Simpson playing some early mind games with Collingwood?
The Eagles got their top-four hopes back on track with an 11-point win over GWS in Perth on Sunday.
Earlier that same day, Collingwood (11-4) recorded their seventh successive victory - a 16-point win over Essendon.
Sunday's clash between West Coast and Collingwood at the MCG is set to play a pivotal role in the premiership hopes of both sides.
The winner will further entrench themselves inside the top four, and be a step closer towards locking down a top-two berth.
The loser could tumble to as low as fifth given the tight nature of the ladder.
Simpson raised a few eyebrows after the win over GWS when he said Josh Kennedy (leg), Jack Darling (ankle), Mark LeCras (wrist) and Tom Barrass (back) could all be in the running to return against Collingwood.
Barrass was always expected to be a strong chance to return against the Magpies, but Kennedy and Darling were viewed as only outside chances.
And LeCras was expected to spend another two or three weeks on the sidelines with a wrist injury.
It remains to be seen whether LeCras, Kennedy and Darling will make their returns.
But either way, it will keep Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley guessing ahead of the high-stakes clash.
"We could have up to four players coming back, with JK, JD and LeCras," Simpson said.
"They (Darling and Kennedy) are getting closer.
"They're starting to knock on the door now, which normally means they're this week or next week.
"That's up to the negotiations now with the strength and conditioning guys."
West Coast had struggled in attack in recent weeks without their three most reliable goalkickers.
Against GWS on Sunday, All-Australian defender Jeremy McGovern and ruckman Scott Lycett were West Coast's two main spearheads.
McGovern finished with two goals from six disposals, while Lycett tallied eight possessions, six marks and a goal.
Simpson was pleased with McGovern's efforts, despite him hardly touching the ball.
"He might have only had six or seven touches, but I still think he had an impact and helped our structure and leadership," Simpson said.
"His talent gets him to a certain level, but his contest stuff and ability to win and halve a contest was really pleasing."
West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui bounced back to form with 41 hitouts, eight tackles, five clearances, 15 disposals and a mark-of-the-year contender.