Cameron hopes Giants’ injury luck turns

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Cameron hopes Giants’ injury luck turns

Co-captain Phil Davis is back, but coach Leon Cameron longs for more defensive continuity as Greater Western Sydney aim to stamp their authority on Collingwood.

The third-placed Giants return from the bye on Saturday for the first of an eight-game home run towards an expected maiden AFL finals berth.

To maintain their status as genuine flag contenders they must make a statement against the below-par Pies at their Spotless Stadium fortress.

The Giants have claimed far bigger scalps at the venue this season in Hawthorn, Sydney and the Western Bulldogs.

And despite being hot favourites to go 11-4 with their first win against the Pies, they must do so amid ongoing injury issues.

Key backman Davis is a welcome return from a calf strain.

However fellow defenders Matt Buntine (hamstring) and Nathan Wilson (groin), and midfielder Ryan Griffen (hamstring), are the latest faces sidelined in an injury-tested tested season that’s seen Cameron field 34 players.

“It can be a positive because it exposes players to AFL footy throughout the year,” Cameron said.

“But there’s no doubt that down in our back end the continuity, you’d like it a little bit better.

“Davis has been in and out, (but) it’s good he’s got up for this weekend’s game.

“But having Matty Buntine and Nathan Wilson out it doesn’t help that continuity.

“We think we’ve had a lot of unlucky injuries, hopefully that luck can turn in the back half of the year.”

Returning Adam Kennedy (shoulder) and Adam Tomlinson will come in as replacements to face Pies talls Darcy Moore, Jesse White and Travis Cloke along with returning forward Alex Fasolo.

Collingwood’s five changes aside, Cameron expected them to set up much the same as they did in last weekend’s morale-boosting win against Carlton.

“I expect they’d probably do similar stuff to what they’ve done in the last two weeks because it’s worked for them,” he said.

Nathan Buckley’s 11th-placed side are coming off back-to-back victories over the Blues and Fremantle.

Lesser opposition they may be, but Cameron refused to downplay the challenge.

“Defensively they’re probably the best in the competition the last few weeks,” he said.

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