Ankle surgery for Kennedy

23 December 2017 22:59:36 GMTPlus11

West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy will be on lighter duties at training until February, following surgery.

The dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy had minor ankle surgery on Wednesday.

His ankle had been causing him discomfort during training, and general manager of football Craig Vozzo said the 30-year-old needed the surgery to get him right for the new season.

Kennedy, who missed five matches this year due to a calf injury, will be on restricted duties when players resume training on 8th January.

Vozzo said the forward, who kicked 35 goals in his last nine games of the year, would probably miss the start of the Eagles' JLT Community Series campaign.

"Unfortunately, with JK we've encountered a problem with his lower ankle, so he's had some surgery to clean that up," he added. "It's only minor, but it's a bit of a setback, which will affect his training, obviously presently, but into the New Year.

"He's going to undertake a graduated program through January and February, then we will see where we're at, at the end of that period. Our aim is to have him right to go in March."

Lewis Jetta is expected to step up his training following the Christmas break as he recovers from the latest in a series of calf strains.

Vozzo said his current problem was a soleus strain which was a minor injury, and he had already returned to light training.

The club also have Eric Mackenzie (toe), Elliot Yeo (hip) and Nic Naitanui (knee) on the injury list.

West Coast are 13/10 to win the Grand Final. The Eagles are 1/250 to finish in the top eight.

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