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LeCras to give Bombers more nightmares

By Justin Chadwick 06/04/2011 05:53:43 PM Comments (0)

Good news for West Coast is set to bring bad memories back to Essendon, with injured Eagles forward Mark LeCras on track to make a surprise AFL return against the Bombers in round seven.

LeCras completed a series of 90m run-throughs at medium pace on Wednesday, just 10 days after tearing his adductor in the club's round one win over North Melbourne.

The Eagles initially expected LeCras to miss up to 10 weeks with the injury, but the 24-year-old could return as early as the clash with Essendon at Etihad Stadium on May 8.

LeCras ripped the Bombers to shreds in round 16 last year, booting 12 goals to lead the Eagles to a famous 32-point victory on Essendon's home turf.

It was a win that put another nail in the coffin of then-Essendon coach Matthew Knights, who was sacked at the end of the season and replaced by James Hird.

Eagles coach John Worsfold has been pleased with LeCras' rate of recovery but said it was still too early to put an exact return date on the All-Australian forward.

"It's obviously a long rehab process for him but he's going along really well," Worsfold said on Wednesday.

"He'll progress according to his program and hopefully it's at the lower end of the scale in terms of his time out.

"In terms of running flat out and twisting and turning, he's still a fair way off doing that.

"But the good thing is it's recovered to this point so quickly.

"He does have a program to follow. They can adjust that by a day here or there or moving a session forward depending what he's done."

The faster-than-expected recovery of LeCras is a timely boost for the Eagles, who were dealt a massive blow on Monday when it was confirmed vice-captain Beau Waters would miss up to three months due to an elbow tendon injury.

Worsfold said Sam Butler, Eric Mackenzie and Ash Smith were the leading contenders to replace Waters in Saturday night's clash with Sydney at Patersons Stadium.

And with the Eagles still looking at candidates to fill the void left by LeCras, 167cm forward Lewis Broome could make his AFL debut.

Broome broke his ribs in a car accident last October but Worsfold has been impressed with the 20-year-old's WAFL form.

"He had a very slow pre-season after the car accident (but) we're rapt with what he's doing so far and he's certainly putting his hand up," Worsfold said.

"But whether we think he's really ready for sustained AFL footy is something we're weighing up."

The Eagles are riding high following their 2-0 start to the season and Worsfold was looking forward to re-igniting the club's rivalry with Sydney following some titanic struggles last decade, including the thrilling grand finals of 2005 and '06.

Sydney also enter the match undefeated after drawing with Melbourne in round one and posting a five-point win over the Bombers last week.

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