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HBF Health Injury Update: Rd 21 v Blues West Coast Eagles senior physiotherapist Paul Tucker details the rehabilitation plan for Eagles currently sidelined with injury
AFL 2017 Round 15 - Western Bulldogs v West Coast

West Coast placed Sam Butler on its long-term injury list following his recent shoulder surgery

West Coast defender Sam Butler will not return this year after undergoing shoulder surgery last week.

View the HBF Health injury list here

Eagles senior physiotherapist Paul Tucker said the only remaining member of the club’s 2006 premiership-winning team elected to go under the surgeon’s knife to repair a persistent tendon injury.

“Sam’s had an ongoing shoulder issue with one of the tendons (in his right shoulder) and he elected to have that repaired last week,” Tucker said.

“Unfortunately for Sam, that means it’s the end of the season for him.”

While Butler will spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines, the club hopes it can get winger Lewis Jetta, utility Tom Lamb and half-forward Simon Tunbridge back on the paddock this weekend.

The trio will face fitness tests at tomorrow night’s main training session.

“Lewis had a calf injury a couple of weeks ago. He’s done all the rehab now and signed off on a test session last weekend. We expect him to get through training tomorrow and be available,” Tucker said.

“Tom also had a very low grade knee injury, had last weekend off and, again, we are looking at him training tomorrow night and hopefully being available this weekend.

“Simon has got another rehab session tomorrow and once we get to the end of that we will have a good idea about how he sits for this coming weekend.”

Another exciting Eagle, Daniel Venables, is on the comeback trail from a trying bout of turf toe.

Tucker said the club’s medical staff would continue to monitor the first-year midfielder as he upped his training loads in the coming weeks.

“Venables is now joining in training with the rest of the group doing parts of the skills sessions and has been progressing quite nicely,” he said.

“We just need to see how he is over the next couple of weeks before we make a final call.”