Jetta injury only minor

21 December 2017 19:18:45 GMTPlus11

Winger Lewis Jetta's pre-season won't be badly interrupted by his calf injury, West Coast have said.

Jetta's been shut down until after the Christmas break, having limped off the training track early in Monday's team session.

The 27-year-old has been left to rest in the belief that his calf will heal on its own.

Coach Adam Simpson said the injury was 'just a tweak', and that the Eagles expected to have him back in training soon.

"We do push the players to the line with their endurance and running, so you do lose a couple here and there," added Simpson.

"That probably suggests you're getting close to the line; he was the guy that didn't get across the line this year, but I'm not too worried."

Jetta, who was Sydney's leading goalkicker in the 2012 season, left the Swans to join West Coast at the end of 2015. He's so far booted 15 majors in his 25 games for the Eagles.

Simpson also said star ruckman Nic Naitanui remains on track to make a comeback in round one next year, having missed all of last season when recovering from a knee reconstruction.

Naitanui had an arthroscope in October to trim cartilage that had been causing him some discomfort at training, but the coach said he was in full training albeit on a managed program.

"We've got, I'd say 20 players, who come in and out of drills and Nic is just one of those guys," revealed Simpson.

"We are selective with his drills and we want to get him to Christmas, give him a good break and then into January, February."

West Coast are 13/10 to win the 2018 Grand Final. The Eagles are 1/250 to finish in the top eight.

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