GWS hopeful over Whitfield return

12 February 2021 21:44:11 GMTPlus11

Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron is hopeful of having Lachie Whitfield ready for round one of the 2021 AFL campaign.

Whitfield suffered a bruised liver during match simulation with Cameron confirming the player "copped a beauty", but there is good news as he suffered no damage to his collarbone.

The Giants will now have to see how long it takes for the liver to heal, but are hopeful the 26-year-old will be ready to go for the opening game.

"We don't know when he comes back, it'll be when the doctor says he can resume contact," Cameron said.

"It could be four weeks, he may play if we have a little hit-out (before round one). Or we might bring him straight in for the St Kilda game.

"His fitness won't be a concern. Because he'll resume his running, weights and all that will be fine.

"It's unknown a little bit, but Lachie is the only concern in our mind. We've had a really good pre-season, out of 44 on our list we've probably averaged 41 (taking part every week)."

Meanwhile, Cameron has also confirmed Stephen Coniglio left the field during the same intraclub game after taking a whack to the head.

However the GWS skipper was able to walk off the ground and Cameron was not too concerned.

"A bit of friendly fire. Both of them hit heads," Cameron told AAP. "Right now, he's fine. There's no concern.

"If it is concussion then he can't compete for 12 days ... he'd be able to participate in training with a red hat on, do some decision-making drills, but no contact."

GWS are priced at 18/1 to win the NRL grand final.

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