Vice-captain Beau Waters will miss the rest of West Coast's 2012 premiership assault after he was diagnosed with a serious foot injury.
Waters was expected to spend 10 weeks in recovery after scans today revealed he had separated one of the sesamoid bones in his foot and also damaged ligaments under the joint in his big toe.
He will have surgery later in the week to repair the ligaments and to remove the sesamoid bone.
It is a major blow to West Coast and to the 26-year-old who had been in stellar form this season, earning All Australian nomination.
Waters has an unfortunate knack of incurring long-term injuries. He battle osteitis pubis early in his AFL career, hurt a ligament in his knee in 2005, then suffered a severe elbow dislocation in 2008 - a complaint he aggravated the following season.
In between he was a member of West Coast's 2006 premiership team.
There was positive news on the Eagles' injury front, too.
Midfielder Matt Rosa is back in the mix for selection following surgery on his shoulder three weeks ago.
Rosa will have the injury tested at training during the week but West Coast coach John Worsfold was confident his charge would be in contention to return to the line-up.