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Sport West Coast 'worried' after Jack Darling injury scare

00:30  03 june  2018
00:30  03 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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A worrying injury list seems to be lengthening by the week, and their once enviable forward line is struggling to hit the scoreboard (for context, Essendon Who can stop Jack Darling ? Top spot on the AFL ladder is up for grabs when West Coast host Richmond at Optus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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a football player in a green field© Provided by Sportal com au It should have been a relaxing night for Adam Simpson after West Coast posted their 10th AFL victory on the trot – but an ankle injury to star forward Jack Darling had the Eagles coach deeply concerned after the match.

The ladder-leading Eagles are sweating on scans to determine the extent of the damage to Darling’s right ankle suffered in their 13-point win over St Kilda.

Darling suffered the injury in the first quarter when he landed on a St Kilda player’s foot after going up for a mark.

The in-form 25-year-old did not return to the contest, instead watching on from the second quarter after making his way to the bench on crutches.

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Dejected West Coast leave the field after losing to GWS. While there were a host of disappointing efforts, Walls pointed out five individual Eagles that concerned him: Lewis Jetta, Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling , Jack Redden and “These players worry me,” Walls told Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight.

“I don’t know how Jack is, he wasn’t good enough to come back on, so it was another ankle injury, so unfortunately we’ll find out with some scans and hope for the best,” a concerned Simpson said.

Pressed on whether the key forward may have suffered an ankle fracture, Simpson replied: “I can’t rule anything out on Jack, sorry.

He conceded when asked if Darling could face a lengthy stint on the sidelines: “I’m worried, but I always worry.

“… Honestly, I’m not a doctor and I’m not going to lie to you … I don't know how he is.

“I haven't spoken (to him) about how he’s feeling but he was on crutches after the game so we’ll get a scan and find out tomorrow or the next day.”

The Eagles, four points clear at the top of the AFL ladder, have a bye next weekend.

Their next game is a Round 13 blockbuster against Sydney at the SCG on Friday, June 15.

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