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Monday, June 11, 2018

Liam Ryan could return for West Coast’s clash against Sydney, Jack Darling replacement unknown

West Coast captain Shannon Hurn says exciting first-year forward Liam Ryan will be pushing for a recall for Friday night’s clash with Sydney at the SCG, but is unsure who will replace Jack Darling for the blockbuster showdown.
The ladder-leading Eagles are coming off the bye and confront the third-placed Swans. West Coast must make at least one change to the team that beat St Kilda last start given Darling’s ankle injury.
Gun midfielder Luke Shuey is set to return from a hamstring injury, while Chris Masten (hamstring) is also closing in on full fitness.
Ryan looms as the wildcard after a recovering from an ankle injury. But the 21-year-old has not played at any level since round three.
Ryan was showcasing his trademark leap during marking drills in today’s light skills session at Subiaco Oval.
“I think there is potential with that (Ryan playing),” Hurn said.
“It’s what the fitness staff deem risk-reward, the safety of it all.
He has been able to train pretty well the last two or three weeks and it probably just depends on body type and positioning wise.
That will be something that will be looked at. Normally when you’ve played eight or 10 years you’ve got a pretty good understanding about how your body reacts to breaks from football.
I just don’t know how that will go but I’m sure he’ll be putting his hand up and wanting to play.
“There’s arguments for both of them (tall and shorter replacements).
(Jarrod) Brander has been playing some pretty good footy, (Nathan) Vardy has come back and played three games now. (Jack) Petrucelle played last week, Ryan’s hopefully available. I think it’s always good if you replace a forward for a forward.”
Shuey and Masten were also on the track today but weren’t required to do much.
“I think Shuey will be fine and then I’m not sure about Masto,” Hurn said. “We have another main session tomorrow and then we’ll just have to see how it goes. But he’s been training the last week and has been going pretty well.”
The Eagles went on a 10-game winning streak prior to the bye, with Hurn unsure how the break would impact their momentum.
The Swans are the only side to have beaten West Coast in 2018.
“Sydney are in very good form, playing very good football, especially their past four of five weeks,” Hurn said. “We understand it’s going to be a really good challenge. You want to be able to test yourself and play well against good opposition.”


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