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West Coast Eagles star Jeremy McGovern’s hamstring injury to keep him out 3-4 weeks

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern is likely to miss the club’s first final, with the Eagles expecting his hamstring injury to keep him out for three to four weeks.

The finals are likely to begin on Wednesday, September 30 so West Coast’s first final could be played anywhere between 20-23 days after he sustained the injury against St Kilda on Thursday night.

West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said the Eagles had feared the four-time All-Australian could require season-ending surgery.

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“With Gov we had some good news actually. He’s had his scan, we’re waiting on a final review but it’s looking like we’ve avoided surgery which is great,” Vozzo told ABC Radio.

“At this stage it’s looking like a three or four-week injury. So it was good news overall because we were bracing for the worst.”

Vozzo said the second week of the finals would be McGovern’s most realistic return date, but didn’t completely rule him out for the opening weekend.

Jeremy McGovern of the Eagles is seen on his knees after after a heavy collision during the round 17 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the West Coast Eagles.
Camera IconJeremy McGovern of the Eagles is seen on his knees after after a heavy collision during the round 17 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the West Coast Eagles. Credit: Bradley Kanaris/via AFL Photos

McGovern famously pushed himself through serious internal injuries to take his place in the 2018 grand final and played a key role in the match-winning play which ended with Dom Sheed’s late goal.

“I have no doubt with Jeremy he will be pushing as early as possible, but yeah we’re hoping that it might be earlier than (the second week of finals). But that’s probably more realistic.”

The Eagles will finish fifth and earn a home elimination final in the first week unless they defeat North Melbourne next Thursday and either Geelong or Richmond suffer an upset loss to help them jump into the top-four.

Midfielder Dom Sheed and forward Brendon Ah Chee are set to return against the Kangaroos, while fellow onballers Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo and Jack Redden are all targeting comebacks for West Coast’s first final which will follow a pre-finals bye.

Vozzo was confident the Eagles would be allowed to host an elimination final at Optus Stadium, but had not given up on a top-four finish or the prospect of staging either a semifinal or preliminary final in Perth.

Bailey Smith of the Bulldogs and Dom Sheed of the Eagles compete for the ball during the round 16 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles.
Camera IconBailey Smith of the Bulldogs and Dom Sheed of the Eagles compete for the ball during the round 16 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles. Credit: Chris Hyde/via AFL Photos

“I am being cautious, but it looks quite positive,” he said of being allowed to host a week-one final.

“Subject to final tick off from the Government, I think that’s something that can be fixtured from the AFL side of the fence. As regards after that, I’d be guessing.”

Asked whether West Coast might nominate Adelaide Oval as their preferred venue in the unlikely event they finished in the top-four and earned a home preliminary final, Vozzo said the club would want that in Perth.

“It would be our first preference and our strong submission that the AFL should consider fixturing that as a home final (in Perth),” he said.

“That would be our first position. Beyond that, I haven’t thought too deeply about it.”

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