MISSING SPARK: Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles is a chance to return next week.
MISSING SPARK: Nic Naitanui of the West Coast Eagles is a chance to return next week. TONY MCDONOUGH

Unimpressive Eagles look for Naitanui spark

HAVING only just fallen over the line against Carlton (away) and Melbourne (at home) in the past two weeks, West Coast is in desperate need of a spark.

And that could come next Saturday when the Eagles clash with Collingwood at the MCG, with ruckman Nic Naitanui (pictured) a chance to return after undergoing surgery to remove the plantaris tendon from each foot.

“It will probably depend on how I pull up over the next three or four sessions,” Naitanui told media.

“I’m doing full-match simulation and training with the boys now.”

Though the Eagles have won all five matches in his absence they have been far from impressive, their winning run courtesy of a soft draw.

“It puts you on the back foot a little bit without him there,” Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.

Eagles defender Sharrod Wellingham will be assessed after receiving a heavy knock to his leg against the Demons.


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