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Eagles' Staker cleared of broken jaw

15/04/2008 05:52:29 PM Comments (0)

The chances of West Coast's Brent Staker playing in the AFL this weekend are improving by the day, as the defender has been cleared of a broken jaw and is recovering from concussion.

The Eagles officially rated Staker a chance to play Port Adelaide at Subiaco Oval on Sunday despite him being on the receiving end of a brutal punch to the face from Sydney's Barry Hall last Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.

Hall on Tuesday night faces the AFL tribunal, charged with striking, and faces the prospect of incurring a long suspension.

He will appear via video link with Sydney.

An Eagles spokesman said Staker had been cleared of a broken jaw, but was still experiencing heavy bruising to the jaw and slight concussion.

"He is a chance to play (Port), the concussion is not too bad," the spokesman said.

"Our doctors are actually quite confident he will come up."

Staker is unlikely to train on Wednesday but should do on Friday, when the Eagles finalise their side to play the Power.

Sydney, meanwhile, are unsure exactly how long Hall's recovery from a wrist injury will be, after he hurt himself when he ran into an advertising boarding during the game, in a separate incident.

Hall underwent surgery on Monday, but could still be suspended by the time he recovers.

Meanwhile, West Coast coach John Worsfold has put his support behind a red-card rule in AFL games for serious incidents.

The Eagles were left a man down when Staker was assisted off during the first quarter, and took no further part in the game, even though Hall continued playing.

The AFL has never seriously considered a send-off rule, but Worsfold said it would provide an equaliser of sorts in serious incidents.

"When there is something that is pretty blatant, and maybe that incident you would say a send-off rule would square it up a little bit," he told Fairfax radio in Perth.

"We got punished as a team for that incident, the teams that are going to reap the benefits are the teams that may face Sydney without Barry Hall, if he gets suspended.

"There is that anomaly there. We have to play a game down a man and that really does restrict you.

"A send-off rule has the potential to square it up, or give the team that has been penalised the chance to gain something back.

"But it would be hard to come up with exactly what is a send off penalty, what is not."

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