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Naitanui, Rioli, Yeo set for West Coast return

By Justin Chadwick

West Coast are set to wheel out star trio Nic Naitanui, Willie Rioli, and Elliot Yeo for Sunday’s AFL conflict with Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.

Naitanui has missed the previous two video games with a knee damage, whereas Yeo has missed three weeks with a hamstring pressure.

Nic Naitanui has missed the past two Eagles games with a knee injury.

Nic Naitanui has missed the previous two Eagles video games with a knee damage.Credit:AFL Photos

Rioli was absent for the previous two video games after returning residence to the Northern Territory following the sudden dying of his father.

Jack Petruccelle (hamstring) can be set to place his hand up for choice in opposition to the Suns, with the potential quartet of returns a great addition for the Eagles of their bid to keep away from the picket spoon.

West Coast (2-16) are simply 3.2 per cent forward of last-placed North Melbourne with 4 rounds remaining.

Eagles midfielder Tim Kelly can be anticipated to play in opposition to Gold Coast regardless of his four-disposal effort in Sunday’s 28-point loss to St Kilda at Optus Stadium.

Kelly suffered a cork to his quad per week earlier and was in some doubt to tackle the Saints.

The former Cat was closely tagged by Marcus Windhager, however Simpson was adamant Kelly wasn’t injured.

“I reckon he just got beaten on the day,” Simpson stated.

“Nothing wrong with Tim. He’s come off a corkie. He had a light week.

“I’m sure he wouldn’t want me to say he was hampered by it. That wasn’t the feedback we got.”

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten is toying with the concept of handing injury-plagued midfielder Dan Hannebery an AFL recall.

Hannebery is but to play an AFL match this yr resulting from a calf damage, however might be again for Saturday’s encounter with Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium after making it by means of two VFL hit-outs unscathed.

The 31-year-old solely managed two video games for the Saints final yr, and Ratten stated it was necessary to not place too many expectations on him if he does return this week.

“We just want Dan to get back and play,” Ratten stated.

“He has put two good weeks together which has been great. His leadership and voice is so encouraging to others. He gives so much direction. That’s what he does so well.

“He has played 15 games in (the past) three to four years. We don’t have huge expectations, we just want him to get busy.”

Saints ahead Jack Billings, who suffered a game-ending again damage within the opening minutes in opposition to West Coast, shall be assessed this week.

Jade Gresham can be unsure after damaging his knee in opposition to the Eagles.

St Kilda (10-8) are simply share adrift of eighth spot with video games in opposition to Hawthorn, Geelong, Brisbane, and Sydney to spherical out the house and away season.

AAP

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