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Davis to face Pies despite calf complaint

  • Davis to face Pies despite calf complaint

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Phil Davis of the Giants kicks during the round 12 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans at Spotless Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Key backman Phil Davis is expected to overcome a calf injury in time to take his place for Greater Western Sydney against Collingwood.

The Giants co-captain strained his calf in his side's win over Carlton two weeks ago, leaving the field midway through the second half in the 62-point victory.

Giants assistant coach Alan McConnell said Davis had completed training this week, easing concerns he would be out for up to three games.

"It's just a question of him pulling up well tomorrow (Thursday)," McConnell told News Corp.

"It's just a question of time rather than any more boxes to tick."

The third-placed Giants will face a Magpies outfit coming off two-straight wins at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

Davis' inclusion to take on a Magpies forward line boasting tall timber in Travis Cloke, Darcy Moore and Mason Cox will be welcome amid pressure on a Giants defence already missing Caleb Marchbank and Tim Mohr to injury.

Davis' absence against the Blues exposed the Giants' lack of key defensive depth, with coach Leon Cameron forced to shift forward Jonathon Patton into the back six to plug the gap in a defence.

"We haven't had the best run with injuries at that end of the ground," McConnell said.

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