West Coast handed McGovern boost
West Coast Eagles defender Jeremy McGovern looks set to play finals as the hamstring injury he suffered against St Kilda is not as bad as first feared.
It looked as though McGovern's 2020 campaign was over after he limped out of the action on Thursday night, with coach Adam Simpson admitting he feared the worst.
However the Eagles say scans have revealed good news and the four-time All Australian will not require surgery to fix the problem, meaning he could be back playing in three weeks.
Eagles head of football Craig Vozzo broke the news on Saturday and is hopeful of a speedy return.
"He's had his scans, we're waiting on a final review, but it's looking like we've avoided surgery," Vozzo told ABC radio.
"At this stage it's looking like a three or four-week injury. It was good news overall because we were bracing for the worst."
A week two finals return could now be on the cards as long as all goes according to plan with McGovern's recovery.
"There's no doubt with Jeremy he'll be pushing for as early as possible but we're hoping it might be earlier than that, but that's probably more realistic," Vozzo added.
There is also good news regarding Dom Sheed and Brendon Ah Chee, who could face North Melbourne in round 18 after recovering from hamstring and finger injuries respectively.
However, Elliot Yeo, skipper Luke Shuey and Jack Redden will not be ready until the first final at the earliest.
West Coast are priced at 9/2 to reach the grand final.
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