West Coast speedster Jack Petruccelle will spend at least a month on the sideline as he recovers from a hamstring injury sustained in a scratch match against Brisbane’s reserves on Friday.
The 21-year-old was dropped after the Eagles’ round three game against Brisbane but according to general manager of football Craig Vozzo, the forward had made a strong push for selection before his current setback.
“Unfortunately for Jack, he was tracking really well, getting himself into some really good form through the scrimmage games that we had over there and putting his hand up pretty high for selection,” Vozzo said.
“However, versus Brisbane last Friday, unfortunately, he came off late with a hamstring injury and it looks like it’s at the more extreme end.
“He’s avoided surgery, thankfully, he’s going to undertake a conservative path to recovery, but it’s more likely he’ll be out of action for at least a month.”
Fellow small forward Jamaine Jones is close to a return from his hamstring strain and could return against Collingwood next week.
Hope is growing for captain Luke Shuey’s chances of returning for Sunday’s derby, Vozzo admitting the 2018 Norm Smith medallist was ahead of schedule from a hamstring injury sustained against Sydney on July 4.
“Luke is the subject of plenty of discussions internally. He’s progressing really well, probably ahead of where we expected him to be,” Vozzo said.
“You would have seen him training today doing some strides and some general ball work.
“He’ll be a test later in the week and all things being equal we’ll probably run it all the way down to the line, I would have thought.”