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Sam Mitchell in a race against time to be fit to face Hawthorn

By Warren Barnsley, Warren Barnsley is a Roar Guru

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    Sam Mitchell is no certainty to line up against former AFL side Hawthorn as he receives treatment for an injury he initially thought was a snapped leg.

    West Coast will give their prized midfield recruit a chance to regain fitness ahead of Sunday’s clash against the struggling Hawks at the MCG.

    But coach Adam Simpson says a call on Mitchell’s availability could be made early in the week.

    Mitchell was hobbled when kicked above the ankle accidentally by teammate Jack Redden in the second quarter of their round-four win over Sydney, limiting his output to 17 touches.

    The 34-year-old was on crutches for two days after the game last Thursday, hampered by swelling and an inability to put weight on the leg.

    “I’m not ruled out at this stage, so I’m working towards it (the Hawks clash),” Mitchell told the AFL website.

    “It’s OK. It’s not 100 per cent, but it’s better than it was.

    “Now I can weight-bear again and now I’m just trying to get the range of movement and get rid of a bit more of the swelling.”

    The four-time Hawthorn premiership winner was counting his blessings the injury wasn’t more serious.

    “To be honest, when I first did it I thought, ‘yeah, I’ve broken my leg here’. As I went down I thought ‘gee, I’ve snapped my shin’,” Mitchell said.

    “I felt it and it was all there and in place. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”

    Simpson said was open-minded on Mitchell’s prospects, cautious about his fitness but appreciative of the personal significance of the Hawks clash.

    “He was in doubt over the weekend, but he’s pulled up really well,” Simpson told the Seven Network.

    “The 10-day break’s going to help him, but he’ll be touch-and-go.

    “I don’t think we’ll play any games. If he’s not right, we’ll just declare it as early as we can. But we do want to give him as much time as we can.”

    “I don’t want to overplay it, but obviously it’ll be a big moment for him but, more importantly, a big moment for us, travelling to the MCG again and playing against a team that’s on the ropes.”

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • Roar Guru

      April 18th 2017 @ 3:42pm
      DingoGray said | April 18th 2017 @ 3:42pm | ! Report

      I’d imagine Sam will be staying home in WA this weekend.

    • Roar Guru

      April 18th 2017 @ 8:41pm
      Penster said | April 18th 2017 @ 8:41pm | ! Report

      If he’s not fit enough to play for the Eagles, can the Hawks borrow him for the day?

    • April 19th 2017 @ 12:09am
      Don Freo said | April 19th 2017 @ 12:09am | ! Report

      It’s a cover up. Sam is not in WC’s best 22 any more. He has dropped off the pace as the season has progressed.

      Four games is way too long.

      • April 19th 2017 @ 10:46am
        DJW said | April 19th 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

        Do you think the Eagles midfield in unbalanced with him and Priddis in there?

        • April 20th 2017 @ 12:23am
          BiRP said | April 20th 2017 @ 12:23am | ! Report

          Well, the midfield was lacking before Mitchell. He and Priddis are both good distributors of the ball. Having Sam there has freed up Yeo and Wellingham to some effect. The Club promoted Sam too much for my liking, as if he was the new singlehanded saviour while the rest of the team took a backseat. But even if used cautiously off the bench, he’s a quality player and should have an impact. Maybe it makes it tougher for Sheed, Redden, Duggan and Jetta to get a regular gig, but i figure thats a good thing, as two of those players need to step up. It appears his presence lends a bit of class and sets an example for the young players. Is it unbalanced? No, a work in progress, horses for courses, Simpson expects players to be able to switch roles, so with or without Sam, theres depth and versatility. The midfield will see lots of different combos and changes through the season. Sam’s just a part of that.

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