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Worsfold coy about West Coast line-up

By Joseph Sapienza 02/08/2006 07:21:49 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold was giving nothing away on his line-up to take on St Kilda in Friday night's blockbuster at Telstra Dome.

Eagles mentor Worsfold was reluctant to reveal whether All-Australian ruckman Dean Cox would play for the first time since breaking a collarbone in the round 13 home loss to the Western Bulldogs, or whether key midfielder Chad Fletcher and vice-captain Andrew Embley would return from hamstring injuries.

"They're likely to play," a coy Worsfold said about the prospect of Fletcher and Embley playing.

"We're taking our emergencies over, and we will be naming them tomorrow. As a match committee, we'll have a good look at what we need tomorrow and finalise that."

Worsfold said a decision on Cox would also be made after training tomorrow afternoon at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, with the help of the Eagles medical staff.

The Eagles are flying 26 players over to Melbourne, including the 22-man squad that thrashed Adelaide by 82 points last week as well as Cox, Fletcher, Embley and Matt Rosa, who has overcome a thigh problem.

Worsfold said he was still "not sure" of the 22 that would run out on Friday.

The Eagles coach also weighed into the debate about whether teams should be able to train at the Dome prior to matches, but said he understood the stadium's guidelines.

"I suppose we would (like to train at the ground), (but it's) not a massive issue," he said.

"I understand what that ground goes through so I sympathise with them (stadium management) and I understand that they can't have too much traffic on it.

"I'd rather (the ground) be in better shape to play on and cope with that rather than let everyone train on it and (wreck it)."

St Kilda also enjoyed a huge win last weekend when they thrashed Richmond by 103 points at the MCG. The fourth-placed Saints also have an enviable record against the Eagles at the Dome.

The Saints have won the past three meetings between the two sides at the ground by an average margin of almost 71 points.

"We're just making sure we don't go back and play them two years ago. That's the easiest way to deal with it," Worsfold replied when asked about the Eagles' record against the Saints at the Dome in recent years.

While Eagles full-back Darren Glass is set to line-up against Fraser Gehrig, Worsfold and his staff will have to weigh up who would be best to take Saints centre-half-forward Nick Riewoldt, with Adam Hunter injured.

Key tall Jaymie Graham is an option but Worsfold also revealed half-back Brett Jones could play on him.

"... Brett Jones is also very athletic (and) they're the things you're looking at because Riewoldt is such an athletic player but such a great mark as well. So, they're certainly the two players that we'll look at first and foremost," he said.

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