West Coast coach John Worsfold is confident in form midfielder Luke Shuey will recover from a calf complaint in time to face Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday, declaring that the Eagles medical staff were confident that the complaint was a cork and not a torn muscle.
In other news Worsfold said:
- Nic Naitanui would be ready to play normal game time against the Lions.
- It was possible but not definite that the Eagles would play three ruckmen, Naitanui, Dean Cox and Callum Sinclair.
- It was likely that Beau Waters (groin) and Sam Butler (calf) would miss the match.
- He had no concerns over the AFL's controversial pushing in marking contest rules, declaring he was comfortable with the way the rules were being interpreted by umpires.
- He regarded suggestions that the Eagles struggled to win at the Gabba as a myth, pointing to the club's good record at the ground in the Chris Judd era.
- Hosed down speculation over his coaching future saying little had changed on the issue and he would speak to West Coast about it after the season.
Shuey left the field late in the 70-point win over the Western Bulldogs at the weekend but Worsfold said investigations by the club indicated it was likely that the injury was just a cork.
"We looked at the vision from the incident and it was a knock to his leg so the way we normally treat a cork is symptomatically - see how he goes when he starts to run around on it and he will follow that program through and our expectation at this stage is that he will be right to play," he said.
"It only becomes problematic if it turns into a tear so that is just how early they run on them is where you be a little bit more cautious. Unless it is a really bad cork you normally get it out after three or four days and then there should be no issue."
"It is really going to depend on him opening up later in the week running wise and seeing how it feels. Initially we thought it may have been a strain but it is a cork."
Regarding his own future, Worsfold typically played a straight bat.
"I love what I do. I've loved my involvement and I'm loving the challenge we've got now creating something out of this season and achieving some really good results," he said.
"So that's my focus. And contract talk? People can create talk and they can take punts.
"Is there a (betting) market? Yeah there would be. I'd be interested to see where all the money's going.
"But that's just out there. It doesn't faze me. I'm really clear on where I sit and why I'm doing what I'm doing.
"Come October I'll sit down with Nizzy and Alan and talk about where the club wants to go."
Worsfold was surprised his tenure was attracting interest in Melbourne.
"In the east? What do they care? They really care that much?" he said with a trademark Worsfold smile.