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Dean Cox and Josh Kennedy are set to play in the second round of the NAB Cup

Josh was ready to go in the last game but just had a very minor tweak of his ankle

KEY forward Josh Kennedy and ruckman Dean Cox are set to play their first games of the season when West Coast takes on Collingwood at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

The big Eagles missed the club's opening round NAB Cup clashes with Fremantle and Geelong last weekend.

Kennedy suffered an ankle 'tweak' in the lead-up to the matches, and Cox has been battling a finger injury.

Coach John Worsfold said both were now fit for selection.

"Josh was ready to go in the last game but just had a very minor tweak of his ankle, and we didn't want to stress him by playing on it," Worsfold said on Wednesday.

"He's raring to go.

"'Coxy' is back, but he hasn't really missed any training anyway, so he's right to go."

Worsfold said Mark Nicoski (hamstring) and Beau Waters (hip) were both likely to miss, but could return for round three of the pre-season competition.

He said Daniel Kerr (knee) and Nic Naitanui (groin) were both "pencilled in" for round one of the season proper, although it was too early to give a definitive answer on whether the pair would be ready in time.

And the Eagles coach reported that Mark LeCras had pulled up well after his first game back from an ACL reconstruction, and would continue to build his playing minutes throughout the remainder of the NAB Cup.

Kennedy missed 17 weeks with an ankle injury last year, but returned in time to play in West Coast's last four games, including both finals.
Nicoski and LeCras both sat out the entire 2012 season.

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