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Eagles, Suns count cost after bruising clash

Eagles hoping for best on Jetta, Brown West Coast coach Adam Simpson fronts the media after his side's win

WEST Coast recruit Lewis Jetta is in doubt for round one after suffering a calf injury in the Eagles' tight three-point NAB Challenge win over Gold Coast on Thursday.

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Jetta limped off in the second term with a tight calf after collecting eight disposals in the first quarter.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson said that he was unsure of the extent of the injury, but conceded that Jetta could be touch and go for round one.

"We don't know, he's never done one before," Simpson said.

"But it looked like it was a grade one (calf) at a guess.

"We need him because at the moment we're actually a bit light on with our midfielders. Last year we had a few backs out of action, but it's probably adding up in our midfield at the moment."

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Eagles defender Mitch Brown was another casualty from the win over the Suns.

"Browny has got a sore finger," Simpson said.

"We're not quite sure how bad that is, so we've got to get a scan on that one."

Brown was playing just his second game after missing all of last season following a knee reconstruction.

The Eagles are already without experienced midfielder Chris Masten for the early part of the season with an ankle injury.

Jack Redden (adductor) and Dom Sheed (knee) are yet to appear this pre-season, and Simpson said it was unlikely either would play in the Eagles' third NAB Challenge game given they would probably be on restricted minutes.

He said it was more likely the pair would play some football for East Perth in either a WAFL pre-season game or round one of the WAFL, a week prior to the first round of the AFL season.

Luke Shuey and Mark Hutchings were both left out of the Suns' clash due to minor niggles but both are expected to be available for the Eagles' last NAB Challenge clash against Essendon.

Josh Kennedy did not play any part in the second half of the match against the Suns after copping a knock to the head, but Simpson said the move was precautionary.

The Suns suffered a couple of injuries themselves, although their coach Rodney Eade said all were relatively minor.

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Jesse Lonergan appeared to hurt his ankle badly and had to be helped off the ground by trainers, but Eade said the injury doesn't look severe.

"He got rolled as he was tackled and had his ankle caught underneath," Eade said.

"But it hasn't swollen up at this stage. I wouldn't have thought he'd play next week, but he'd be right for round one."

Tom Keough copped a knock to the ribs but he came back onto the ground. Jarrod Garlett also suffered a knock to his shoulder, but Eade said he was fine.

Eade said Steven May, Rory Thompson, Kade Kolodjashnij, Tom Lynch, Michael Rischitelli, Matt Rosa and Nick Malceski would all return for the Suns' final NAB Challenge clash with Adelaide. 

He also said skipper Gary Ablett was a chance to play, but the Suns won't risk him if he is not 100 per cent.

"Gaz is a special player that probably doesn't need games to be right for round one," Eade said.

"He'll certainly be right for round one. He's back running now, so we'll see how he is."

Dion Prestia is also a chance to play next week, while Eade said Jarrad Grant would play in the NEAFL.