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Axe to fall at Eagles
Jacob Brennan. Picture: Lincoln Baker.

West Coast selectors face tough choices for Saturday night's battle for fourth spot against Collingwood, with John Worsfold declaring Josh Kennedy will play, Brad Dick and Matt Rosa are in strong contention and player availability is close to the best this year.

Adam Selwood is expected to be available for the Patersons Stadium clash after concussion and Sam Butler is a chance after solid form for Perth in the WAFL.

Up to five players will be nervous over their spots in the team, with Kennedy's return prompting a forward-line restructure.

If Dick and Rosa join him, it could have selection implications for any or several of Bradd Dalziell, Jacob Brennan, Patrick McGinnity, Ashton Hams or even Josh Hill.

Hill was in stellar form earlier in the season but has only one goal from his past three matches - which was kicked against lowly Port Adelaide last Sunday.

Worsfold said yesterday there were more talks to be had on how Kennedy would be used, but there was little doubt that he would be named after his return from a foot injury at East Fremantle at the weekend yielded two goals from six marks and 10 possessions.

"I would expect that he would be in the squad," Worsfold said.

Kennedy showed his capacity to perform off a limited build-up when he kicked eight goals in West Coast's round-one win over the Western Bulldogs, but Worsfold said that performance would not be a factor in selection this week.

"He is basically trained up, getting ready to play footy, so at some point you start playing," Worsfold said. "Our expectations are that he comes in and plays his role, does his best for the team."

Kennedy hasn't played since round five against Richmond when he was injured.

"Kennedy in our forward line is great for us," Worsfold said.

"It means that someone in that forward line probably misses out and we have to weigh all those things up, but we have to pick our best team and we think he is definitely in our best team."

Worsfold also expected forward Dick, who kicked six goals for East Fremantle last Sunday, to come under strong consideration.

The former Magpie had been in the frame for a month.

"We are pleased with how he is tracking and he is on our list and available for selection," Worsfold said.

"It was a big thing to give him the opportunity and put him on our rookie list coming off serious injury.

"Our view was not to place any great expectation on getting him back to play this year. It was to see if we could rehab him from his injuries and finish off the year knowing he was going to be able to play footy next year and into the future.

"He has come along exceptionally well and the form he is in means he is up for selection."

Rosa has missed three matches with a broken jaw.

"We elected not to bring him in last week, so he has had training under his belt now and he is ready to go," Worsfold said.

The West Australian

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