IT IS looking increasingly unlikely that Daniel Wells and Nathan Grima will play in North Melbourne’s final home-and-away game against bottom-placed Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.
Roos coach Brad Scott said the Roos will take a strict “no-risk” policy with the key duo, and neither would play unless they can convince the coaching and medical staff they are “absolutely 100 per cent”.
Considering Wells was only scheduled to do “little bits and pieces” of today’s main training session at Aegis Park, it seems he would have to improve significantly to risk his injured calf on an interstate trip to Skoda Stadium.
“He is one that we would bring in if he is fit. He will train little bits and pieces today and then train fully with us on Friday and then we’ll probably make a decision later in the week,” Scott said of his reigning joint best-and-fairest winner.
“But there will be an absolute no-risk policy with him. He is either absolutely 100 per cent and ready to train or he won’t play.”
Important key defender Grima is in a similar situation, recovering from hamstring tendonitis.
“They have both made rapid improvement over the past three days. Ideally, we would like to play them so we won’t be holding them back if they are 100 per cent right to go,” he said.
“But we would be silly to take a risk if we weren’t convinced they didn’t have enough training under their belt.”
Scott said Wells and Grima would be the only potential changes, with the club’s match committee believing the players who lost to Fremantle last weekend deserved a chance to redeem themselves and build confidence ahead of next week’s first final.
“I doubt we will make any changes and if we do, there will only be minimal changes to the side this week,” the coach said.
“We’ll give the side another chance to go out and fix a few things that we need to fix and get some real momentum going into the finals series.”
Scott said the Roos could potentially attempt to manage the game time of some players with a view to finals.
“But you can’t plan that,” he said. “The only time we have ever contemplated using our sub to manage game time we got an injury in the first part of the game and it backfired straight away.”
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