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Dom Sheed to miss West Coast Eagles’ clash with St Kilda as midfield injuries mount

The carnage at West Coast has extended to ludicrous levels with Dom Sheed and Brendon Ah Chee being added to the injury list today.

Sheed has injured his hamstring, Ah Chee has hurt his finger and they will be among six changes to the team that lost to the Western Bulldogs for tomorrow night’s clash against St Kilda.

The Eagles already couldn’t select Jack Redden (thumb), Mark Hutchings (hamstring) and Lewis Jetta (calf) from the Bulldogs game, while Luke Shuey (hamstring), Elliot Yeo (osteitis pubis) and Jamie Cripps (personal) were already on the sidelines.

Tom Hickey will be dropped for Nic Naitanui after he was rested last week, premiership captain Shannon Hurn will also return and Hamish Brayshaw will make his debut.

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West Coast’s match against St Kilda will be their fifth game in 19 days but coach Adam Simpson was refusing to conceded it was now mission impossible.

“We’ve got a few out. There’s probably seven or eight out of our starting 18. But we are still excited,” Simpson said.

Dom Sheed will join Luke Shuey on the sidelines.
Camera IconDom Sheed will join Luke Shuey on the sidelines. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images via AFL Photos

“We’ve always been a role driven side that plays on system. We want talent in our side. We’re going to be without a bit of our A-grade players but that doesn’t mean we can’t win or can’t play with that spirit that we’ve been talking about.

“Our players look at it as an opportunity. It’s a really big game. It’s an opportunity to play finals and the Saints are right behind us on the ladder. It’s a very important game for the footy club. We’re not rolling over, that’s for sure.”

Sheed’s absence means West Coast will be without the entirety of their 2018 premiership midfield, with no Shuey, Yeo, Sheed, Redden, Hutchings or Chris Masten.

Simpson hopes Sheed will be available for next week’s game against North Melbourne. He said the four-day day break had counted against him.

Brayshaw will now join a young midfield that also includes Brayden Ainsworth and Xavier O’Neill. Simpson said he deserved his chance.

“He’s an inside mid who knows how to get forward,” he said.

“He’s got a man’s body and he’s been ready for a while. He deserves a game.”

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