Kennedy, Mckenzie boost Eagles hopes
Kennedy, Mckenzie boost Eagles hopes

West Coast's finals campaign has begun on a good note with Eric Mackenzie training this morning and Josh Kennedy cleared of damage to his left ankle.

Mackenzie missed Friday night's loss to Hawthorn because of a hamstring problem, while Kennedy landed awkwardly on the same ankle that he injured in round five and hobbled from the ground.

Coach John Worsfold said Kennedy had his ankle scanned this morning and had told him he would be available to play.

"It's all pretty good news. It's going to be really just how he feels. He obviously tweaked his ankle a little bit but went back on the field and we expect that he'll be right to go," Worsfold said.

Kennedy has played the last two games after having ankle surgery, but didn't score a goal against Hawthorn. He managed one the previous week against Collingwood but Worsfold said Kennedy was helping the team in other ways.

"He's been pretty solid. He missed a fairly easy shot at goal for himself on the weekend," he said.

"He's presenting up pretty well, We've seen him compete against three defenders, bring the ball to ground and other guys have kicked goals. That's what he brings."

Mackenzie will be an important inclusion against North Melbourne's tall forward line but his availability is likely to cost Mitch Brown his place in the team. Midfielder Luke Shuey said Brown had been the unluckiest player on the list all season after being selected for just eight games this year.

But Mackenie has played on the opposition's number one forward all year and done a stellar job. He ran freely and kicked without restrictions this morning and is almost certain to play.


The West Australian

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