West Coast coach John Worsfold is confident veteran Andrew Embley has escaped serious damage to his left hamstring and could be ready to face Fremantle in a round-one western derby in three weeks.
Embley, 31, sent alarm bells through the West Coast camp when he trudged despondently from Patersons Stadium before quarter time in the Eagles' surprise 3.10.9 (96) to 1.10.7 (76) NAB Cup loss to Collingwood last night.
But Worsfold later dismissed any major concerns.
"It is very minor, a low-grade hamstring," he said.
"He thought he felt something grab. Hopefully he might miss next week and that would be it."
Worsfold also played down the significance of Matt Rosa sitting on the bench with ice on his ham- string late in the game.
"He was just precautionary," he said. "He was always going to be subbed out at about that point and he was icing up."
But the apparent relief over the injuries was one of few bright spots to come out of the game for an Eagles camp heavily favoured to win against a Collingwood line-up minus at least 10 of their best 22.
Collingwood repeatedly pressured the Eagles into turnovers and converted enough of the chances to claim a 20-point win and keep their NAB grand final chances alive.
Led brilliantly by Scott Pendlebury and with former West Coast forward Quinten Lynch making a strong contribution, the Magpies seized the lead in the second quarter of the match and looked the better team from then on.
Good news for the Eagles came with the form of Mark LeCras, who kicked four brilliant goals, while Scott Selwood toiled manfully.
Worsfold was not overly concerned by the result but admitted disappointment with some of his team's play.
"Disappointed with aspects of it," he said. "We were a bit scratchy.
"Like every game there was a lot of stuff that looked good but plenty to work on for sure."
He admitted Collingwood's ability to pin the Eagles in their defensive zone and force turnovers was a big factor.
"That was the big thing for us," Worsfold said. "On one hand we are rapt that Collingwood were able to do that. It shows us that we have got to get better and we know we can move the ball better than that."We were a bit slow and rusty. It is not a major concern from tonight's game. We want to try things and see how we are going."
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