The Eagles have confirmed star defender Jeremy McGovern is still at least a month away from a return to football after injuring his knee in the win over Adelaide.
And there’s fears recruit Alex Witherden could face an extended stint on the sidelines with the same issue that forced Elliot Yeo into nine months of rehabilitation.
McGovern had only rejoined the side after overcoming a groin complaint suffered in the big loss to Geelong in round six when he injured his knee against the Crows.
It is now expected West Coast’s vice-captain will be sidelined until after the mid-season bye.
“Jeremy, he’s going to be out with that knee for probably a four-week period is what the doctors are anticipating at this stage,” Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo revealed.
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“So unfortunately it will be a post-bye thing, which is disappointing for the club and for Jeremy.
“But at least it’s not a long-term thing and we look forward to welcoming him back hopefully close to after the bye.”
It is expected McGovern will miss matches against Essendon this weekend, Carlton on June 6 and the blockbuster Thursday night clash with Richmond on June 17 at Optus Stadium.
Vozzo also confirmed defender Witherden will miss this weekend’s match with the Bombers, with the club hopeful he doesn’t have osteitis pubis — like gun midfielder Elliot Yeo.
“Alex pulled up really sore after our Captain’s Run so it was quite a surprise. He’s had a little bit of symptom beforehand in the area,” Vozzo said.
“They’ve done some scans and are working out exactly what it is at the moment – hopefully it’s not the dreaded ‘OP’ phrase.
“He won’t be available this week. We’re going to take a conservative approach over the next week or so and then finalise where we get to after that.”
Jarrod Cameron will also miss at least the next six weeks after injuring his ankle in the Eagles’ WAFL clash with East Perth.
But in some good news for the club, Brad Sheppard could take his place in the side despite injuring his ankle in the loss to GWS, while Mark Hutchings and Yeo both got through their WAFL matches unscathed.
“Elliot and Hutch pulled up well. They both did a good job,” Vozzo said.
“Elliot was on limited minutes, I think he played just over 70 minutes in the end, got up the volumes our guys were wanting.
“The reports were he came up well from the game. We’ll see how he progresses through the week, I don’t want to get too excited.
“See how he main trains and then we’ll make that decision later in the week.”