Rosa returns to Eagles duty
Rosa returns to Eagles duty

Matt Rosa has passed a searching test on his injured shoulder and been included in the West Coast team to take on Collingwood in the sudden-death semi-final at the MCG tomorrow.

Rosa was the only change to the Eagles' line-up that demolished North Melbourne in last Sunday's elimination final at Patersons Stadium.

The Victorian replaces vice-captain Beau Waters, who severely injured a foot against the Kangaroos and will miss the rest of the finals campaign - however long it goes for the WA team.

Rosa has played one match since round 18. He broke his jaw against Brisbane but returned for the round 22 battle with the Magpies only to break a collarbone.

Following surgery, Rosa was given the all-clear to resume training and has impressed the West Coast match committee with his work on the track.

But he needed to fully test the shoulder at training during the week to convince the Eagles he was ready for a recall.

The Eagles also took Andrew Strijk and Lewis Stevenson, who has yet to play an AFL match this season, to Melbourne as emergencies.

Collingwood was forced to overlook suspended skipper Nick Maxwell while Ben Sinclair was dropped. The Magpies returned Tyson Goldsack and Jamie Elliott to the starting line-up.

The West Australian

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