WAFL: West Perth coach Bill Monaghan says injuries a good test of depth


Chris Keunen, pictured here in last year’s grand final, suffered a round two leg injury that was worse than first thought. Picture: Getty Images
Chris Keunen, pictured here in last year’s grand final, suffered a round two leg injury that was worse than first thought. Picture: Getty Images

What we thought was knee soreness for Chris Keunen after the Perth match has been discovered as a minor fracture in his upper shin. We expect he’ll be out for six to eight weeks.

Kody Manning pulled up with a leg injury after the Perth encounter and despite missing last week’s loss to Subiaco, the injury has not healed.

He suffered significant bruising and swelling to the shin after a collision and is unable to train. It is unknown for how long the ailment will keep him sidelined, but I can’t see him being back next week either.

It didn’t get much better for us against Subiaco with defender Joe Morrow breaking a finger, which we think will have him out for six weeks.

On a positive note, we expect Shane Nelson to return from a hand injury in round seven.

Ultimately, there’s no point getting uptight about who can’t play.

We have full confidence those we bring into the side can hold their own.

The team was undermanned against Subiaco last week, and while we were overrun at the end of the game, there were some impressive signs.

Our second quarter was particularly outstanding, but we obviously still have a lot of work to do to match it with the best.

We’re working really hard on quick, fluent ball movement through the middle of the ground and there were glimpses of that against the Lions. We’ll look to build on that against East Fremantle on Saturday.