West Coast will be sweating on three fronts as they count the cost of Saturday night’s 14-point AFL loss to Port Adelaide at Patersons Stadium.
Skipper Darren Glass is facing suspension for his heavy bump on Chad Wingard, which resulted in a hospital visit for the star Power forward.
Glass, who has 93.75 carryover points, leapt into the air and cannoned into Wingard from the opposite direction as the Power youngster set himself for a mark.
Counting against Glass is the fact he took his eye off the ball and turned his body just moments before the collision.
Wingard was sent to hospital after the match for scans on his chest, but was given the all clear and is expected to front up for Sunday’s home clash with Geelong.
Eagles midfielder Xavier Ellis is another Eagle facing a stint on the sidelines after injuring a calf muscle midway through the opening term.
Ellis was plagued by calf issues during his last few years at Hawthorn, but Eagles coach Adam Simpson said the premiership wingman’s latest setback didn’t look like a serious one.
“It was a risk to pick up X (Ellis). He knew that, we knew it. But it’s not the end of the world. He’ll be back pretty soon,” Simpson said.
And West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui also faces a nervous wait to see if the match review panel punishes his face-plant tackle on Kane Cornes.
Although there appeared no malicious intent from Naitanui, the dangerous nature of the tackle could leave him in a touch of strife.
Port Adelaide strengthened their hold on a top-four spot with the 10.10 (70) to 7.14 (56) win, but their premiership credentials will be put to the test over the next month when they take on Geelong (home), Fremantle (home) and Hawthorn (home).
Ruckman Matt Lobbe was influential in the triumph over West Coast, with the big man quelling the influence of All-Australian duo Naitanui and Dean Cox.
But Wingard’s bravery also caught the eye of coach Ken Hinkley.
Wingard, on his return from an ankle injury, had endured a dirty night for the first three quarters.
But the 20-year-old had no hesitation in putting his body on the line in the last-quarter marking contest that resulted in him being crunched by Glass.
“That was a pretty special last quarter from Chad. He’s capable of that,” Hinkley said.
Port Adelaide could be boosted by the return of Angus Monfries and Jack Hombsch for the clash with Geelong.
West Coast will be aiming to snap a two-match losing run when they take on Carlton at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.