West Coast will try to avoid sending Scott Selwood for surgery on an injured ankle in an attempt to ensure the club’s co vice-captain plays again this year.
Selwood, 24, hurt the ankle against St Kilda back in round three and has been carrying the injury since.
The nature of the complaint came to light after the key midfielder was a late withdrawal last Friday to face Gold Coast.
A statement from the club issued this afternoon in conjunction with the Eagles official injury list confirmed surgery was a possibility, but not a certainty, with the club exploring every medical avenue.
“It is possible that Selwood, who first injured the ankle in the round three victory against St Kilda, will have surgery, but it is hoped it can be avoided,” the statement said.
“He has therefore been listed as ‘ongoing assessment’ on the club’s medical update for the week.”
The Eagles will have holes to plug in their midfield over coming weeks regardless of Selwood’s recovery, with emerging on-baller Elliot Yeo ruled out for up to seven weeks with a broken hand.
Yeo, who was recruited from Brisbane during the off-season, has been sent for surgery after suffering the break in the club’s three-point win over the Suns at Patersons Stadium on Saturday.
Luke Shuey (ankle) and Sam Butler (dislocated finger) will both face fitness tests later in the week to be declared available for Sunday’s clash against the Saints at Etihad Stadium.