Strong-marking East Perth full-forward Josh Smith has recov-ered from a corked thigh and is expected to line up for the Royals against Perth at Medibank Stadium tomorrow.
Smith was injured early in the second quarter against Subiaco last Saturday and was an onlooker as the Royals' romped to a 68-point win over their co-tenants.
Fellow forwards tallied 20 goals, Mat Seal booting seven, to help boost East Perth's hopes of qualifying for the finals.
Smith was scoreless against the Lions, but still leads the WAFL goal kickers with 52 for the season and is the favourite to win the Bernie Naylor Medal.
East Perth football manager Mark Winnett said while Smith would be a welcome addition, it was a good sign other forwards had featured in his absence.
"Josh has kicked the most goals in the league to this stage of the year and is obviously very important for us," Winnett said.
"Last week gave other forwards an opportunity to play roles. Mat Seal bobbed up and kicked seven.
"We'd like to think that we've got a number of dangerous players in our forward line who can stand up if Josh isn't there."
Hawthorn premiership player Chance Bateman (hamstring) is set to return for the Demons after missing the 60-point loss to West Perth in Moora last Saturday.
But the Falcons' Matt Tedesco (knee) will miss another week.
Fremantle squad member Max Duffy is a good chance to win back his place in the East Fremantle side for the vital game against West Perth at Arena Joondalup on Sunday.
The Sharks are fifth on the premiership ladder and might still be a mathematical chance of making the finals even after a loss to West Perth.
But it would make their task much harder, with matches against third-placed Swan Districts (away) and defending premiers Claremont (home) to round out the qualifying season.
Duffy, Dockers rookie-list member Alex Howson and West Coast defender Jacob Brennan are all a chance to play on Sunday after playing in the reserves for other clubs last weekend because East Fremantle had a bye.
Enigmatic forward Duffy, who has been hampered by hamstring injuries this season, moved freely for Peel and finished with 23 possessions, five marks, four tackles, five inside 50s and a goal.
Howson had 19 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s and kicked four goals for Swan Districts in the same game to stake his claim for a call-up to the Sharks senior side.
Brennan, the most likely of the trio to play in the league side, was sound for Subiaco against East Perth with 14 possessions.
Robust West Perth defender Jordan Jones is set to overcome a corked thigh which forced him from the ground in the final quarter against the Demons.
Former West Coast squad member Jones is a vital cog in the Falcons' back six, especially in the absence of injured key defender Michael Pettigrew.
"Last week gave other forwards an opportunity Mat Seal bobbed up and kicked seven." "East Perth football manager *Mark Winnett *