West Coast defender Shannon Hurn could miss up to six AFL games due to a knee injury, while Beau Waters is on track to make his playing return within the next fortnight.
Hurn suffered damage to the medial ligament in his right knee after copping an early knock in Sunday’s 93-point win over the Demons at the MCG.
The 26-year-old has been ruled out for between four to six weeks, meaning he’ll miss matches against St Kilda (home), Geelong (away), Port Adelaide (home) and Carlton (away) over the next month.
But the news is better for Waters, whose future was thrown into doubt in December when his reconstructed shoulder became infected and he had to have some pins prematurely removed.
Waters has been slowly building up strength in his shoulder ever since, with the premiership defender also forced to overcome a series of leg niggles along the way.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson was confident the 28-year-old would return via the WAFL in two or three weeks.
“He’s just conditioning himself now to get AFL ready,” Simpson told Perth radio station 6PR.
“He probably won’t come back straight into the seniors.
“But if he progresses as he has been, I can see him playing footy in a couple of weeks at WAFL level.
“He’s been training his backside off and I hope he can come through on this one.”
Midfielder Mark Hutchings (back) and Simon Tunbridge (broken nose) are set to make their WAFL returns on Friday night.
West Coast are on top of the table following big wins over the Bulldogs and Demons, but Simpson isn’t getting carried away heading into Saturday night’s clash with St Kilda at Patersons Stadium.
The match will see ruckman Dean Cox equal Glen Jakovich’s club games record of 276 matches.