Uncertainties cloud the horizon

Uncertainties cloud the horizon

Will injuries at West Coast impact on the Royals� selection? They�ve got Xavier Ellis looking to come back.

Matt Rosa is likely to return to the Eagles this week so will that relegate a player to East Perth?

Will Brant Colledge and Mark Hutchings be promoted to the AFL?

They�re factors we need to consider when thinking about this weekend�s game at Arena Joondalup.

Regardless of who they select, we can expect a hard-fought game typical of a derby clash, particularly given we stand at an equal win-loss ratio.

In terms of selection, Jordan Jones has discovered he suffered a broken finger in the Hip-E Club incident so will be out for a minimum six weeks. He felt some pain at training last week and scans revealed he�d experienced a break.

Surgeons inserted two wires into his finger on Monday.

Ruckman Chris Keunen is likely to play despite significant bruising on his shoulder from the Claremont clash. We�re waiting for results on scans of Marcus Adams� broken hand to determine whether he has a chance.

Tyler Keitel is in the mix this week to face his former club, but two games in the reserves is probably short of where we�d like him to be for senior football.

We�ll need to improve on our ball use from our 20-point loss against Claremont.

We struggled with the Tigers moving the ball into a tall forward line in the first half, while the loss of Keunen for about 40 minutes aggravated an already difficult situation.

But we turned it around with 36 to 13 inside 50s in our favour after half time, which is a significant statistic.

In the end, it was our inability to kick goals that cost us the game.