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West Coast coach Adam Simpson confirms spearhead Josh Kennedy won’t face Essendon due to concussion

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has confirmed veteran forward Josh Kennedy won’t line up against the Bombers tomorrow night after sustaining a heavy concussion against Richmond on Thursday.

The 33-year-old copped an accidental knee to the head in the first term, which ruled him out for the remainder of the match as the Eagles went down by 27-points.

Simpson said Kennedy had recovered well, but wouldn’t play as the club looks to take a cautious approach with the short turn-around.

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“Josh is really good. He passed the cog state, but he won’t play,” Simpson told reporters on Monday afternoon.

“I know he is not available. As much as Josh is campaigning, he can’t campaign this one.”

Simpson said the spearhead would be one of at least four changes, with fellow forward Jamie Cripps returning to Perth ahead of the arrival of his first child.

“I think we’ll make four changes,” he said.

“Josh and Cripps won’t play. Redden is available.

Josh J. Kennedy of West Coast Eagles receives attention on the field during the round 14 AFL match.
Camera IconJosh J. Kennedy of West Coast Eagles receives attention on the field during the round 14 AFL match. Credit: Matt Roberts/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

“It’s probably a glimpse of the future. Oscar Allen is 20, Bailey (Williams) is 21, Jack (Darling) is 25.

“As much as we want Josh to play forever, we know that’s not reality.”

The premiership-winning coach remained coy on whether Elliot Yeo was a chance to return sooner than expected, while confirming Nic Naitanui and Shannon Hurn don’t need to be rested as yet.

“The CEO (Trevor Nisbett) picked him up from the airport yesterday,” Simpson said of Yeo.

“He was really sick, during his time off legs. We are at the stage where we will test him, get him through jogging, change of direction and build him up a bit more.

“Nic’s recovery and the way he has prepared, he was right to go on the four day break.

“At the moment, his numbers and the way he is presenting, they say he is okay. That’s the same with Shannon Hurn.”

Meanwhile the Bombers are expected to welcome the return of captain Dyson Heppell after a long injury lay-off.

Key defender Michael Hurley (ankle) and ruckman Sam Draper (managed) are almost certain to be available after missing Thursday night’s win over Hawthorn.

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