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West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson confident stars Jeremy McGovern and Josh Kennedy will face Collingwood

West Coast are set to fire at Collingwood with both barrels after coach Adam Simpson all but confirmed vice-captains Josh Kennedy and Jeremy McGovern will be fit to play in Saturday’s must-win elimination final at Optus Stadium.

McGovern looked unhampered by the hamstring injury he sustained against St Kilda in round 17 as he participated in the full skill session in groups of eight today at Mineral Resources Park.

Kennedy, who has been battling an ankle injury he picked up in the round 18 win over North Melbourne, was put through his paces in a variety of short sprints and sharps turns as he completed testing away from the groups.

Both completed the session unscathed and Simpson told 7NEWS the pair needed to get through the week of training to be available to play.

“I think we’re at the stage where both are training fully this week,” he said.

“Normally when that happens they’ve just got to get through training to play. Last week was an important week for both of them.

“Josh will elevate his training on Wednesday, but Gov’s doing everything now so it’s just a matter of getting through the week.”

West Coast forward Josh Kennedy gets his ankle treated in round 18 against North Melbourne.
Camera IconWest Coast forward Josh Kennedy gets his ankle treated in round 18 against North Melbourne. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Kennedy kicked a season-high seven goals against the Magpies the Eagles’ 66-point win over Collingwood in round eight, a game which McGovern was a late withdrawal from because of a thumb injury.

The pair could be joined by skipper Luke Shuey (hamstring), Lewis Jetta (calf), Jack Redden (thumb), Mark Hutchings (hamstring) and Jamie Cripps (personal) who could all return from injury.

Simpson said he had no problem overhauling his team with as many as six changes for the final.

“If you look at the calibre we’ve got coming in, I’m sure we’ll manage the issue of having Luke Shuey and McGovern and Redden and Kennedy and all those guys available,” he said.

“If we make that many changes it will be a lot of experience to come back in, albeit the chemistry needs to be there as well.

“That’s a fine line for us, but we’re confident if the guys come back they can get it done.”

Simpson said while Collingwood will likely be without Steele Sidebottom (personal), Jeremy Howe (knee) and Tom Phillips (hamstring), he won’t take the Magpies lightly.

“It was a bit of a blow out last time we played, but I’m more looking at them at their best rather than what happened last time,” he said.

“Both of us have been a bit limited with full team availability and both of us have got a lot of our guys coming back.”

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