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Eagles earn lucky break

Justin Chadwick 20/04/2011 01:14:49 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold says the club's peculiar bye has come at a perfect time, leaving the Eagles in good shape for upcoming AFL clashes with Melbourne and Essendon.

Unlike most other clubs whose bye creates a two-week gap between games, West Coast only have 12 days off before taking on Melbourne at Patersons Stadium on Thursday week.

That early fixture means the Eagles will then have a 10-day break before their next match against Essendon at Etihad Stadium on May 8, leaving West Coast refreshed but still sharp for both games.

"The fact that we play on a Thursday means we don't have a 14-day break and then only a seven-day break for our next game," Worsfold said.

"We actually have an 11-day break and then following Melbourne it's another ... 10-day break before we play Essendon.

"So we think that's a pretty good scenario for us, rather than having the full 14 days off from Saturday to Saturday."

Worsfold said forward Mark LeCras, who suffered a serious groin injury in West Coast's season-opening win over North Melbourne, was an outside chance to take on the Demons.

A return against the Bombers is more likely, but either way Worsfold was pleased with the All-Australian's faster-than-expected recovery.

"He's moving really well. His recovery from within a few days of the injury was really remarkable," Worsfold told Perth radio station 6PR.

"He'll be back sooner rather than later.

"Generally it's more about how you get the ball inside 50 than exactly who's up there.

"But in saying that, we'd prefer to have Lecca up there.

"There's no doubt that with the way we play, he's a key to it."

Chris Masten is also expected to return in the coming weeks, but defenders Beau Waters (dislocated elbow) and Mitch Brown (fractured thumb) are set to be sidelined for a further two months.

The Eagles enter their bye week at 2-2, but it could have been even better had it not been for tight losses to Sydney andHawthorn.

Worsfold said he had been impressed with the development of Luke Shuey and first-year players Andrew Gaff and Jack Darling, all of whom have performed solidly this year.

"They're exciting young players for us, so to see what they've been able to bring so early on is brilliant and those guys are going to improve as AFL footballers for the next three or four years," he said.

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