West Coast recruit Zac Langdon faces a race against time to feature in the opening round after a heavy collision with Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe in today’s pre-season derby.
Fyfe and Langdon’s heads clashed at full speed, with Fyfe remarkably appearing largely unaffected while Langdon was significantly worse for wear.
Play was suspended for a lengthy period while the former Giant was helped off the field on the stretcher.
Under new concussion protocols, players require a mandatory 12-day period on the sidelines following a head knock.
West Coast’s season opener against Gold Coast is in 14 days’ time.
Fyfe received a free kick after the collision, much to the confusion of retired premiership defender Will Schofield.
“Head clash… free kick Fyfe,” Schofield tweeted.
In a positive sign, Langdon gestured a thumbs up as he left the field to warm applause from the crowd.
The small forward booted 23 goals in 31 appearances for the Giants, before he was traded to West Coast in exchange for pick 54 in last year’s draft.
It’s been a day to forget for a pair of former GWS representatives, with now cross-town rival Rory Lobb also injured in the opening quarter.
Lobb was crunched in a Tom Cole tackle and received immediate medical attention on his right knee.
The 28-year-old played no further part in the match after sustaining the blow, which appears to be to his medial ligament due to the horizontal movement on impact.
Lobb was taken straight down to the rooms with both his knee and ankle assessed. He soon returned to the bench with ice on his knee.