Elliot Yeo will miss West Coast’s sixth-straight finals campaign after ongoing groin trouble left the club with no choice but to put him on ice for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Yeo has not played since the Eagles’ round 11 victory over Carlton on August 9 and, despite best efforts to build towards finals, the dual club champion has fallen short in his comeback bid.
“Unfortunately with Elliot we’ve reached a bit of a stalemate in terms of the progress with his OP (osteitis pubis),” General Manager – Football Craig Vozzo told westcoasteagles.com.au.
“We haven’t been able to elevate his training to the level required to give him the chance to play.
“The pain levels for Elliot are too great, and the medical advice is we’re better off taking a long-term approach, which we need to do.
“Elliot’s extremely disappointed, but we’re going to have to obviously put his season on ice.
“We’re obviously very disappointed too, but we had no choice in this circumstance. It’s the right thing from a medical point-of-view to get him right for the long-term.”
In better news, star defender Jeremy McGovern is making strong progress in his recovery from a hamstring strain.
The four-time All Australian could be among several big-name inclusions for the elimination final blockbuster against Collingwood on October 3.
“Good news with Jeremy, he’s tracking probably ahead of where we thought he might be at this point,” Vozzo said.
“He’s been doing a fair bit of track work with our rehab guys.
“The extra couple of days into our next game is going to be quite important and he’ll be a test later next week in anticipation of that game.”
Skipper Luke Shuey (hamstrings), proven finals performer Jack Redden (thumb), superboot Lewis Jetta (calf) and tagger Mark Hutchings (hamstring) should all be available to face the Pies.
Star forward Josh Kennedy is also tracking well after tweaking his ankle in round 18.
“With Luke, (head of strength and conditioning) Warren Kofoed is holding him back because he’s busting at the seams to play and to elevate his training,” Vozzo said.
“He’s in a really good space, almost fully recovered. I think he’s almost signed everything off and he’s a really good chance to play the first final and he’ll be a test later next week.
“Reddo has done really well. He’s had the plate inserted, which has given him a really good chance to play this season.
“He’s doing a lot of running with the group but avoiding contact with the hand at the moment.
“He’ll introduce some more ball work late this week or early next, and he’s a good chance to play the first final and he’ll be a test later next week."
Hutchings will also benefit from the week off as he elevates his training workload, and small forward Jamie Cripps is also back training well after the birth of his son, Reif.
“Jamie, apart from a bit of sleep deprivation in really good shape. He’s a real pro, his fitness is outstanding,” Vozzo said.
“He’s fitted in pretty seamlessly into the training we’ve done already back here and look forward to his availability next week.”
Meanwhile, big man Nathan Vardy (thigh) and small forward Jamaine Jones (hamstring) are also building towards putting their hands up to play.
“Jamaine’s in a really good space,” Vozzo said.
“He’ll probably be more likely to be available for selection after the first final if we’re lucky enough to proceed, rather than going into it.
“But he still wants to keep that chance alive and we’ll see how he progresses next week.
“Vards, his thigh has come along really well. He’s almost at full flexion. He’s joined into main training and has elevated a lot of his aerobic work to a really good level, so expect him to state his case really strongly as we approach the final.”