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AFL Eagles duo Kerr, Darling in doubt

By Justin Chadwick 22/08/2011 08:39:26 PM Comments (0)

Gun West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr and forward Jack Darling must pass fitness tests later this week before being given the green light to tackle AFL battlers Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Kerr was left nursing a sore back and is listed as a "test" on the Eagles' injury list after copping several heavy blows in last week's 57-point victory over Essendon.

The 28-year-old was spear-tackled into the ground by Heath Hocking, and was later cleaned up in a fair but hard hip-and-shoulder from Nathan Lovett-Murray.

Kerr was best afield against the Bombers and has been a standout contributor for the Eagles all year despite missing six games through soreness.

Darling was a late withdrawal from the game after feeling a twinge in his hip during a kicking drill earlier in the week.

Scans cleared the 19-year-old of any serious damage, and coach John Worsfold is confident the key position player will be fit to tackle the Lions.

The Eagles received some good news on Monday when vice-captain Beau Waters was cleared of any wrongdoing for his heavy hit to the head of Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Watson was left dazed and bleeding from the mouth after Waters collected him in the third quarter on Saturday, sparking a heated push-and-shove between the two teams.

Waters was reported for rough conduct but the match review panel deemed the contact "was not a bumping action and the high contact was accidental and not unreasonable in the circumstances".

That let-off could spell bad news for Patrick McGinnity, who will struggle to force his way back into the side despite serving his one-match ban for sledging Melbourne's Ricky Petterd.

Waters was a straight swap for McGinnity last week against Essendon but Worsfold could still hand the young Eagle a reprieve if he decides to rest anyone this week ahead of the club's finals assault.

West Coast will guarantee themselves a top-four finish with victory over the Lions.

But even if the Eagles lose their last two games of the season, they will still finish fourth if fifth-placed Carlton, who have a bye this week, lose their final-round match against St Kilda.

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