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Embley injury blow

Andrew Embley of the Eagles in action during the AFL 1st Elimination Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Patersons Stadium, Perth. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)
Andrew Embley suffered a right hamstring injury against Collingwood
WEST Coast veteran Andrew Embley faces a race against time to be fit for round one after suffering a minor hamstring injury in Sunday's 20-point NAB Cup loss to Collingwood.

The 31-year-old premiership wingman injured his right hamstring halfway through the first quarter at Patersons Stadium before being substituted and replaced by Jamie Cripps.

Coach John Worsfold said post-match he was confident Embley would be available for the Eagles' season-opener against Fremantle on March 23, but said age could be a factor in his recovery.  

"It's just a very minor low-grade hamstring," Worsfold said on Sunday night.

"He just thought he felt something grab, so hopefully he might miss next week and that'll be it.

"He is a bit older, so there's those factors that the medicos take into account, but sometimes (with) a really low grade hamstring they only miss the one game.

"I'd be confident he'd be available [for round one]."

Embley's 2012 campaign was ruined by a shoulder injury, but he had enjoyed an outstanding pre-season, running a career-best 2km time trial.

The 2006 Norm Smith medallist, who has played 239 games, signed a one-year deal for his 15th season.

Nathan Schmook is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_Nathan
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