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Naughton on track for Eagles

Key forward Aaron Naughton is in line to face the West Coast Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

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Key forward Aaron Naughton is in line to face the West Coast Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

The 21-year-old was subbed out of Friday night’s loss to Geelong with a rib injury.

However, scans have cleared him of any major injury and he has travelled with the team to Perth as he looks to prove his fitness to play against the Eagles.

“At the end of the second quarter, Aaron received some heavy impact to the side of his trunk,” head of sports medicine, Chris Bell, said.

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“We sent him off to hospital where scans cleared him of any serious structural damage.

“We’ll monitor Aaron this week but remain optimistic that he’ll be available to play the Eagles.”

Ruckman Stefan Martin is also expected to be available to play this week, after being a late withdrawal on Friday night.

“He was close to playing but didn’t quite tick all our boxes in the final fitness test,” Bell said.

“Stef will return to training this week and if he gets through like I expect, he’ll return to availability.”

Adam Treloar will resume running on an Alter G machine this weekend in the next steps of his rehabilitation from ankle syndesmosis surgery.

Josh Dunkley (shoulder) and Lin Jong (hamstring) are both within a month of returning – the former back in non-contact training and the latter now back running after a six-week spell.

 

Injury list

Butler (groin) test
Martin (shoulder) test
Naughton (ribs) test
Jong (hamstring) 4 weeks
Dunkley (shoulder) 4-5 weeks
Vandermeer (knee) 4-6 weeks
Treloar (ankle) 5-7 weeks

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