West Coast Eagles utility Brad Sheppard will undergo season-ending surgery after consulting with the club’s medical staff.
The club’s website reports Sheppard has opted to have the surgery after attempting to work through the ankle injury he has battled throughout the second half of the season.
Secured with pick number seven in the 2009 national draft, Sheppard has played 32 games in his first three seasons with the Eagles.
But there will be some positive off the club’s injury list, with wingman Matt Rosa a strong chance to play against Collingwood on Saturday night.
Rosa has missed the last three matches after fracturing his jaw in the concluding stages of the match against Brisbane in round 18.
The club will also monitor the fitness of veteran utility player Adam Selwood who was subbed out of the game against Port Adelaide after a heavy collision with teammate Jacob Brennan.
Emerging midfielder Koby Stevens and half-back Ashley Smith are both recovering from strained glutes, but will push for selection in the last couple of rounds and then aim to be available for the club’s finals campaign.