Eagles star McGovern could miss finals

11 September 2020 15:56:56 GMTPlus10

West Coast Eagles are again sweating on the fitness of Jeremy McGovern after he picked up a hamstring injury in the win over St Kilda.

The Eagles wrapped up a 15-point win against the Saints on Thursday night, with coach Adam Simpson hailing the win as the best during his time as coach, but it came at a cost.

McGovern was forced to leave the field on the stroke of half-time and the way he exited suggested it is not a minor hamstring injury and will keep him out for a while.

The star defender looked devastated on the bench and with finals football just weeks away, he probably knows he will be playing no part.

The Eagles are yet to discover the full extent of the damage, but speaking after the game, coach Adam Simpson did not sound too hopeful of seeing McGovern play again this season.

"It didn't look like a twinge, but we'll find out in the next couple of days," Simpson said.

The treatment room is looking pretty full for the Eagles at the moment, with Brendon Ah Chee (finger), Mark Hutchings
(hamstring), Lewis Jetta (calf), Jack Redden (thumb), Dom Sheed (hamstring), Luke Shuey (hamstrings), Nathan Vardy (thigh) and Elliot Yeo (groin) all in there.

However against all the odds they fought back against St Kilda, kicking the last four goals of the game to take the win, much to the delight of Simpson.

"It was the best win for the club in my time here," Simpson said. "It was really brave. Hopefully it was a good game to watch, because I think it was our youngest side for I don't know how many years. We were missing some players and the Saints threw everything at us."

West Coast are priced at 11/1 to win the grand final.

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