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Eagles to monitor Daniel Kerr injury

Justin Chadwick 08/06/2011 01:27:48 PM Comments (0)

West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr will face a series of fitness tests this week to deem whether he can return for Saturday's AFL clash with Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Kerr missed last week's win over Gold Coast due to a glute injury but Eagles coach John Worsfold said the 28-year-old was a good chance to return against the Crows.

"He's progressing and he wasn't far away last week," Worsfold said on Wednesday.

"The decision's going to be around is he right to get through a full game.

"I think he's going to show enough to say he can play, it's the risk factor of does he pull up sore from that.

"So that's always a tough one to make but we'll get a better idea after he's had a good run around today and how he pulls up from that."

If Kerr is deemed fit, Worsfold said he would consider playing him as the sub in order to decrease his chances of re-injuring the muscle.

"As you fatigue, the risk of further muscle strains does increase," Worsfold said.

"But there's always a risk that coming back from any muscle strain you can re-tear it in the first minute of the game, so you are always weighing those things up.

"If he was fit to play half a game, then you would consider him as a sub if there was a guarantee he could get through that without further damage.

"So all those things could come into play."

Midfielder Luke Shuey (corked thigh) will also be monitored this week, while Worsfold said defenders Sam Butler (adductor) and Eric Mackenzie (foot) would be available for selection against the Crows.

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