He was shaping as an automatic All-Australian selection with an average of 14 disposals an outing, seven marks and three grabs a game snared in big contests, and had booted 28 goals.
West Coast is also tipped to have veteran small sharp-shooter Mark LeCras and big defender Tom Barrass back to take on the in-form Magpies, who stretched their run into second spot on the ladder with a seventh straight win at the expense of staunch rival Essendon on the hallowed MCG turf.
LeCras, 31, is expected to wear a protective guard on his strained wrist, while Barrass seems to have recovered from a nagging back injury.
Star key forward Josh Kennedy is expected to make a desperate effort to prove fit in his battle to overcome nagging knee and foot problems.
West Coast confront the Western Bulldogs at home and North Melbourne in Hobart to round out this month, and then local enemy Fremantle in round 20 in the raging battle to hold a spot inside the top four.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson was quick to reveal the four first-team starters when fully fit are on the brink of returns.
But the Eagles boss swiftly shrugged reference to his unit’s MCG bogey.
Simpson instead turned attentions to tackling the exciting Pies and not a poor record at the game’s headquarters and established home of premiership deciders.
“I’m not worried about the MCG conversation at all,” he said straight out of Sunday’s nerve-wracking 11-point win over an inaccurate Giants.
“They’re above us on the ladder and it’s going to be a pretty big battle.”
West Coast has lost their last 10 MCG engagements with the Pies and dropped 13 of their last 14 in Melbourne to the black and whites.