West Coast have been dealt a triple blow ahead of their clash with Geelong at Simonds Stadium on Saturday night, with Luke Shuey offered a one-match ban for striking, on top of injuries to forward Mark LeCras and midfielder Chris Masten.
Though the Eagles expected bad news on LeCras, who had surgery yesterday to repair his second broken arm in as many seasons, they were less prepared for news that Masten had sustained a hamstring injury and that the match review panel had cited Shuey for striking St Kilda tagger Tom Curren.
The Eagles have not beaten the Cats in Geelong since their remarkable come-from-behind win in their 2006 premiership year. They have not played at Simonds Stadium since copping a 44-point defeat in round 22, 2010.
Six-times All-Australian Dean Cox, who will break Glen Jakovich's club games record of 276 on the weekend, is likely to be one of just seven players from the 2010 match who will play in Saturday night's game.
West Coast will decide this morning whether to accept the panel's offer of a week's suspension for Shuey's alleged strike on Curren during the third quarter of Saturday's match at Patersons Stadium.
Shuey risks a two-match ban if he challenges the charge.
Even if he accepts, he will have to play with 85 carryover demerit points for the rest of the season.
_The West Australian _understands that LeCras' broken arm is not as severe as the one he sustained against Fremantle in round one last year.
But because it is the same arm, it may mean a slightly longer lay-off this time.
After Geelong, the Eagles have four matches before their round-nine bye and may be tempted to rest LeCras until after that, which would mean a six-week recovery.
Cox was confident LeCras would still have an impact this season.
"I spoke to him after the game," he said. "Obviously he is really disappointed.
"He will just work out now that hopefully he can get back and run and touch the footy as much as he possibly can and still have a big impact for this club because his pre-season was really good.
"He has had a pretty bad run. Lecca is one of those players who will do everything right.
"He probably rushed it a little bit last year so he will look into that along with the medical staff and come up with a plan obviously for his program, but also when he will be back."
Scans yesterday revealed that Masten had sustained hamstring damage after continuing to play with a bad cork on Saturday and will miss at least two matches.
Lecca is one of those players who will do everything right."Dean Cox