Season 2010 is set to be a write-off for West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr.
After being tipped to miss 12 weeks following hamstring surgery, Kerr is now not expected to be back in Eagles colours this year.
The 26-year-old had to have the hamstring reattached after he tore it from the bone in the clash with Essendon in round four.
However, as he takes time for the injury to mend and with West Coast well and truly out of the finals race, Eagles officials are considering putting Kerr into mothballs again to ensure he is ready for a strong pre-season fitness campaign and a strong springboard into 2011.
"At this stage it looks like probably round 19 before he's potentially available. With this sort of injury, predicting out that far is pretty hard," coach John Worsfold told the club's website.
"The absolute aim for us and Daniel is to see if he can get back and play, just so he's got the mindset that his body's right and then he can attack the pre-season probably fresher than he's ever been."
Kerr has played just 26 matches in three seasons due to injuries and suspension.
It is another blow in a woeful season for the Eagles. Captain and key defender Darren Glass will be sidelined for four months following groin surgery.
West Coast are unlikely to play Sam Butler again in 2010 die to an ankle complaint while Luke Shuey is also under a cloud due to glandular fever.
There is some good news, however, with prized draft pick Chris Masten set to return against Collingwood next Friday.
Masten, who has been out since suffering a posterior cruciate ligament injury in the round six loss to Fremantle, played half a game for East Fremantle reserves last week and is in line to play a league game for the Sharks against Swan Districts on Saturday.