With the AFL finals series kicking off in less than a week, Richmond and West Coast are both set to bring in a host of names for their respective campaigns.
At the Tigerland camp, Dion Prestia will attempt to prove his fitness during the bye week as he attempts to return from a syndesmosis injury he sustained all the way back in round five.
Good to see Dion Prestia training https://t.co/NGqei0LVSn
— The Tiger Army (AFL) (@TheTigerArmyAFL) September 24, 2020
However, the Tigers could opt to hold Prestia out of the team until the second or third week, given Richmond have the double chance, after finishing inside the top four.
“If he’s (Prestia) right, we’ll want to play him, but it’ll be a challenge to fit him into the team,” Neil Balme said on the club’s Talking Tigers podcast.
“I think he’s a reasonable chance, almost a certainty to play at some stage in the finals
The news is better for key forward Tom Lynch, who hurt his hamstring in their win over Geelong in round 17.
“From the outset we said we thought Lynchy would have enough time to overcome that minor hammy to be in,” he said.
“But even said that, even Damien (Hardwick) said, ‘You only get one chance with that’, so we’ll be conservative with the way we judge it, but I’m still reasonably confident he’ll get up for this game.
“That’ll be a challenge as to how we deal with both of them.”
As West Coast prepare for their elimination final against Collingwood, they look likely to bring in over half a dozen names.
Jamie Cripps, Mark Hutchings, Lewis Jetta, Josh Kennedy, Jeremy McGovern, Jack Redden and Luke Shuey could all start for their showdown with the Pies after spending time on the sidelines with respective injuries.
Star forward Josh Kennedy restricted to walking laps..
Jack Redden testing out thumb issue.
McGovern flying at @westcoasteagles training this morning.
— Jimmy Williams (@jimmywilliams03) September 23, 2020
“You want your best players playing, there’s no doubt about that,” Eagles’ coach Adam Simpson told Fox Sports.
“At this time of the year you can only carry so many players if you’re not at full strength, so it’s good to know we’ve got a bit of depth in our squad.
“There’s belief in what we do and when you get to finals football, every team just plays their own way and we’ll no doubt be doing that, and I have no doubt Collingwood will do the same thing.”