Greater Western Sydney will be sweating on the fitness of a host of stars as they prepare for a stretch of games that will make or break their finals hopes.
The Giants are now half a win outside of the top eight following their 21-point loss to Fremantle in Perth on Sunday.
GWS are likely to need four wins from their remaining five games to make the finals, and their softish run home gives them every chance to achieve that.
After taking on the struggling Bombers at Spotless Stadium this Sunday, the Giants face off against Port Adelaide (away), Sydney (home), Carlton (home), and Melbourne (away).
The Giants are hopeful star forward Jeremy Cameron (nose) will be fit to face the Bombers.
But defender Heath Shaw (adductor) is in some doubt, while defender Matt Buntine is unlikely to be risked after copping his second concussion within the past month.
Ruckman Tom Downie is another player who’ll need to be assessed this week after failing to finish the match against Fremantle because of illness.
Cameron bled profusely and required extensive bandaging after copping an elbow to the nose from Dockers defender Zac Dawson.
GWS coach Leon Cameron isn’t sure whether the 22-year-old broke his nose in the incident.
But the fact Cameron was able to play out the match without too much difficulty breathing was a good sign.
Perth hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Cameron, who was also left dazed and bloodied earlier this year after being cleaned up by Eagles defender Shannon Hurn in a marking contest.
Leon Cameron praised the bravery of the young forward.
“It’s easy to go back into your shell when you’ve copped one in the beak,” Cameron said.
“But I was really proud because he’s learning every game.
“Because he burst onto the scene in his second year and he kicked 60-odd goals, people tend to forget that he has only played the game since he was 14, 15 years old.
“He didn’t have 10,000 hours as a six-year-old to 15 playing junior football.
“He might have practised a bit but he didn’t play competition until later, so the things he did (against Fremantle) – I was really rapt with.”
The Bombers will enter Sunday’s match under increasing pressure to perform following their meek 87-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.
After the match Bombers coach James Hird put his players on notice, declaring careers could be on the line unless things improved.
Hird himself is under the pump, with the team’s poor form and lingering effects of the supplements saga heaping more pressure on the club legend.