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Worsfold confident of Kerr recovery

Justin Chadwick 05/06/2011 03:04:18 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold is confident Daniel Kerr will be able to tough it out until the AFL club's next bye despite suffering another injury.

Kerr, who played just four games last year before tearing his hamstring, missed the Eagles' 18-point triumph over Gold Coast on Saturday with a glute strain.

The injury comes just three weeks after the 28-year-old's withdrawal from the round eight win over Fremantle with an adductor problem.

Kerr is expected to return for Saturday's clash with Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Worsfold hoped his star midfielder would also play in games against Port Adelaide and Carlton before having a rest during the club's bye.

"We've got three more games now until we have a bye. So hopefully he's right next week and he gets through those three games and gets another rest and then we'll monitor it," Worsfold said.

"But I can't predict whether he'll get little strains or things like that (down the track).

"He pulled up tight from training on Wednesday, just felt something in his glute.

"Really up until Friday, we were just checking him out, trying to make the call (on) whether we thought he could get through the game.

"But after getting through (Friday) and trying to do a bit of a fitness test (Friday) night, he wasn't quite up to it.

"It was that fine and that small a strain that we think he's every chance to be right this week."

Worsfold said defenders Sam Butler (groin) and Eric MacKenzie (foot) were a good chance to resume next week, either in WAFL or senior ranks.

The Eagles' sixth win of the season propelled them into sixth spot on the table.

But Worsfold's charges were given an almighty scare by Gold Coast, who closed to within 12 points entering time on in the final quarter.

While Suns midfielders Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli were superb, it was the efforts of defender Campbell Brown which best typified Gold Coast's spirit.

Brown continually put himself inthe path of West Coast's leading forwards, bravely standing his ground time and again to frustrate the Eagles' scoring efforts.

"Campbell naturally (puts his body on the line) and that's why he is playing up at the Gold Coast because we want him to do that," Suns coach Guy McKenna said.

"Certainly Browny put his hand up and he needed to.

"He has come up off suspension and has had to find his feet.

"We'll cut him a bit of slack to find that ability to run out a game, but he certainly paid us back a bit (with his performance against the Eagles)."

Suns midfielder David Swallow was reported for his head-high bump on Scott Selwood, but Selwood also faces a nervous wait for his gut-punch on Ablett in the dying minutes.

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