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6:42 PM Mon 10 September, 2007 | Back
By Mic Cullen
IMMEDIATELY following Friday night's heartbreaking three-point loss to Port Adelaide, West Coast Eagles assistant coach Peter Sumich declared that skipper Chris Judd had no chance of playing this week.
On Monday afternoon, he wasn't about to change his mind.
"Look, there'll be a strong chance he won't. I was pretty direct after the game and that was [due to] being probably a little bit frustrated with the loss," he said.
"He's a chance, but it's a small chance."
Judd has been troubled by a groin problem for the second half of the season, but that's no longer the main concern.
"It's been more his ankle – he was on crutches after the game and he would have played out the game, but he rolled his ankle after kicking his second goal, so that was a disappointment.
"He's doing a lot of treatment on that to get that up and then we'll weigh up if we go with the groin again."
Sumich said the match committee was in a tough place – as the recovery timeframe of ankle injuries can be hard to predict – because each match from here on is sudden death.
"They're the dilemmas we've got. There's a lot of to-in and fro-ing. The other one is, do we just say later in the week, when we've got match committee, 'No, he's not playing, we'll win this week and he'll be right for the preliminary final.'
"So they're all little scenarios we have to talk about as a match committee and come up with the right answers."
The skipper could be forgiven for getting down after yet another injury setback, but Sumich, West Coast's midfield coach, said Judd had reacted strongly.
"I was talking to him this morning and he's got angry with the ankle – he's more determined. It's quite amazing – he's an amazing character. He's really determined to get himself up for this week, but if it doesn't happen, he'll play in the prelim if we win this week.
"So that's where he's at – he's actually got more determined."