West Coast still waiting on Yeo

17 September 2020 08:59:50 GMTPlus10

West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson admits star midfielder Elliott Yeo is facing a battle to make finals as he struggles with a groin injury.

The Eagles have a number of injury concerns ahead of their quest to win their second premiership in three seasons, but Yeo remains the biggest worry.

Yeo is definitely out when the Eagles take on North Melbourne on Thursday night, but returning from the groin injury is a slow process and he could also miss the first week of finals in two weeks.

"It's a slow process for these groin injuries," Simpson told reporters on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, I went through that too back in my playing days. There's no timeframe, it's just when it starts to feel a bit better then you can advance.

"We shut him down for a couple of weeks. Our plan was to reintroduce him into some training and some straight-line running. He hasn't gone past that phase yet, so we won't make a final assessment until we get back and we'll go from there.

"We obviously won't risk his long-term future, but at the same time if we can get him up for this finals series then we will definitely do so. We'll make a call on that when we get back to Perth."

The Eagles do have some good news however as both Dom Sheed and Brendon Ah Chee have recovered from hamstring and finger injuries respectively and will face North tonight.

West Coast need to beat the Kangaroos to keep alive their slim hopes of making the top four.

West Coast are priced at 2/25 to beat North, who are 8/1.

The Eagles are 3/1 to make the top four.

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