Eagles wait on star duo

21 April 2021 14:42:39 GMTPlus10

West Coast coach Adam Simpson says the Eagles will not take a risk on Shannon Hurn when they face Geelong on Saturday.

Hurn has been struggling with a calf injury and was forced to sit out the win against Collingwood at Optus Stadium last weekend.

The injury is not a serious one but Simpson says they will not gamble on his fitness and the game against the Cats at GMHBA Stadium is likely to come too soon.

"He’s more unlikely than likely," Simpson said of the situation. "He probably got to train to put his hands up. It’s just whether he’s ready or not.

"It’s not like a hamstring. It’s a different muscle. People can play with a soleus. We definitely won’t take the risk if he’s still sore."

The Eagles will also make a late call on influential forward Josh Kennedy before they fly out to Victoria as he struggles with various niggles.

Kennedy sat out training on Wednesday to give himself extra time to recover and Simpson says they will see how he pulls up before make the call.

"He’s just a bit sore from the five games he’s played. It’s just whether we roll him out there or we freshen him up," Simpson added.

"We’ve toyed with resting JK over the years and it seems to work itself out. His body tells us if he actually can’t get up or the game. If he plays he’ll be 100 per cent.

"It was a six-day break last week and he copped a couple of knocks. We’ll see how he runs (inside) and we’ll see how he pulls up."

West Coast have been hit by a number of injury setbacks with key players like Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo and Liam Ryan still on the sidelines.

West Coast are priced at 23/10 to beat Geelong.

The Eagles are 12/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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