Josh Kennedy has boarded a flight to Adelaide for the clash against Port on Saturday.West Coast star Josh Kennedy has made a late dash to Adelaide to be with his side for their important Saturday clash against Port, but he will no doubt be nervously checking his mobile phone until the first siren.

Kennedy and his partner Lauren are expecting their first child and with only three weeks to go – and anything can happen, as any sudden new parents will know.

The rest of the Eagles squad of 23, which included the yet-to-debut Tom Cole, left for the city of churches on Thursday.

Kennedy told Radio 6PR on May 10 that he was counting down to the birth of his first child and could miss the Port Adelaide clash as a result.

“We’ve got a baby due in about three more weeks, which is pretty exciting,” he said.

“The Port Adelaide game might be a bit touch and go depending on how she’s going, however the doctor said everything’s running smoothly.”

Kennedy said the couple didn’t yet know whether the baby would be a boy or a girl.

“It’s a surprise, which will be good.”

When asked what he would do if forced to make a decision between football and the birth of his first child, Kennedy was very clear.

“Yeah I’d definitely, definitely [be with Lauren]. I’m not going to miss this.”

A win against Port Adelaide will be crucial for the Eagles if they want to challenge for a top four spot, with last season’s runners-up not having won outside Perth since round 16 last year.

So far this season the Eagles have lost to Hawthorn at the MCG, Sydney at the SCG and Geelong at Simmonds Stadium.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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