It's not the face of footy brutality. Rather, West Coast Eagle midfielder Daniel Kerr's swollen face is the result of an ill-fated encounter with Chinese food.
Teammate Nic Naitanui posted this gruesome picture on Twitter today. The accompanying comments exuded both glee and sympathy at Kerr's predicament:
"Holy s--t, mr Daniel Kerr open ya eyes haha #chinesefoodpoisoning #fathead #poorguy," his missive read.
Eagles coach John Worsfold says Kerr had suffered food poisoning but will be right to play this week against the Saints at Patersons Stadium. He has been put on antihistamines, and will undoubtedly eat carefully at his 29th birthday celebrations this week.
The 193-game veteran, averaging 19 possessions per game in 2012, should be joined in the Eagles team by high-leaping ruckman Naitanui, who trained strongly today after missing two matches with hamstring tightness.
Defenders Will Schofield, Adam Selwood and Ashley Smith should also be available for selection this week, and midfielder Matt Priddis, concussed during West Coast's 10-goal loss to Essendon last weekend at Etihad Stadium, should be right to combat Lenny Hayes and the cock-a-hoop Saints, who are fresh off an exciting win over the highly-rated Blues. Crumbing forward Ashton Hams has one more game of a suspension to serve.
West Coast 6-1, has already been dealing with long-term or season-ending injuries to Mark Le Cras, Josh Kennedy, Andrew Embley and Mark Nicoski.