West Coast coach Adam Simpson has declared skipper Luke Shuey is “definitely in” against Collingwood on Sunday, but the Eagles will be without Brendon Ah Chee.
And Nic Reid could be in line for an AFL debut should West Coast be without the services of Liam Ryan, who has a family connection to the eight-year-old boy tragically killed riding his bike to school in Greenfields yesterday.
Shuey returns after a two-match absence due to a hamstring injury against the Pies for Sunday’s clash at Optus Stadium.
But Ah Chee won’t be able to back up his strong western derby display after succumbing to a back complaint.
Ah Chee has played all seven games for West Coast this season after managing a total of just nine in his first two seasons at the club.
The former Port Adelaide player is the sole confirmed out at this stage for the Eagles.
Bailey Williams, Josh Rotham and Harry Edwards are alongside Reid as additions to West Coast’s squad, which will be finalised tomorrow afternoon.
Collingwood will already be without Jordan de Goey, who could miss 10 weeks after having hand surgery, while Travis Varcoe is also out due to a rib issue.
The Magpies added six players to their extended bench as potential inclusions, with Josh Thomas, Matt Scharenberg, Ben Reid, Brayden Sier, Jack Madgen and Darcy Cameron all in the mix.
Simpson said the in form Magpies represented a big test for the Eagles after an encouraging last three weeks.
“No disrespect to the teams we have played over the last three weeks. We had to play a lot better than we had after the Port Adelaide game. We have gradually improved and we are building towards hopefully a sustainable brand that is competitive with anyone,” he said.
“I think our system has evolved with the season and I think it will get fully tested this week. Collingwood have been playing a pretty strong brand that hasn’t really changed for two or three years.
“We would like to think we are not too far away but we will find out definitely this week with the way that Collingwood play and how physical and contested the game will be and how good they are at defending.
“It is just continuing to elevate your own brand and what your identity is as a club. The opposition probably goes up a level, without disrespecting Fremantle. Perhaps our experience got us over the line last week. We are playing a hardened experienced side. That is the next step – to do it against a side that is possibly competing for a premiership.”