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Braun set to put retirement plans on ice

By Justin Chadwick 18/08/2008 05:28:11 PM Comments (0)

West Coast veteran Michael Braun is set to put his AFL retirement plans on hold for a week due to the club's injury crisis.

Braun, who announced last July that 2008 would be his final season, initially wanted Sunday's clash against Hawthorn at Subiaco Oval to be his farewell match.

But with the club's injury list now numbering 16 players, Braun has put his hand up to play in West Coast's round 22 encounter against Geelong at Skilled Stadium.

"Whether it's his last game or not this week we'll wait and see because with the amount of injuries we've got he will probably be forced to play against Geelong," assistant coach Peter Sumich said.

"This (game against the Hawks) was more than likely going to be it but ... the way we're going with injuries, more than likely he'll have to front up against Geelong.

"It was always tentative with everything that was said about his last game, even this week, so he's happy to continue on and see the year out."

Sumich said forward Ashley Hansen was a "strong possibility" to return this week from a rolled ankle but veteran David Wirrpanda (hamstring) is only a 50-50 chance.

Young defender Beau Wilkes is also no certainty to line up against the Hawks after being stretchered off the ground with a neck injury in the Eagles' 34-point loss to Melbourne last weekend.

Sumich was hopeful Wilkes would be fit to play against the Hawks but said the 22-year-old would undergo scans before a further assessment was made.

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