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Eagles' Hansen troubled by hamstring

By Tim Clarke 14/05/2008 03:48:10 PM Comments (0)

West Coast appear to have hit a brick wall in their attempts to heal forward Ashley Hansen's hurting hamstring.

Hansen, a member of the Eagles' new-look leadership group this year, has been unable to contribute anything on-field so far, after troublesome hamstrings restricted his early games.

Four tentative outings produced just one goal, and the 25-year old's previous record as West Coast's lucky charm - with the club winning every game he played in the 2006 premiership season - has since evaporated.

After an ankle injury struck down young forward Chad Jones last week, it had been hoped Hansen might be fit to take on North Melbourne on the Gold Coast this weekend.

But coach John Worsfold said Hansen was still not confident in his injury, and the Eagles' medical staff were being frustrated in their attempts to find a solution.

"He is not totally confident he is over his problem, he has played with it in the past and it is better," Worsfold said.

"But we are weighing up whether we rest it up and get it completely right, or whether it is not going to get completely right and he has to play with an awareness he has got it.

"We are getting to that point where what they have tried over this last couple of weeks has not had a massive impact, or as big as we would have liked.

"They are looking for what next from there. I do not know if surgery is possible, but they can do injections and those sort of things."

Better news surrounds midfielder Matt Priddis, who is expected to make a comeback from his own injury issues, while Dean Cox has pulled up well from his Dream Team sojourn.

And despite a 1-6 start, compared to a 6-1 opening to the 2007 campaign, Worsfold said he was still loving the job and saw his challenges this season much the same as last year.

"The challenges are pretty similar - to prepare a team to be at its best every week, take in good sides every week, deal with setbacks and injuries," Worsfold said.

"I still attack those challenges head on. And the enjoyment factor, I still love it. I still love my role, and love the challenges ahead.

"I would love it even more if we were winning, but that does not take away from the enjoyment of doing the job.

"You cannot win every week, and you cannot be on top of the ladder every year that you coach."

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