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West Coast veteran Lewis Jetta ruled out for up to three weeks with calf strain

West Coast’s horror week of injuries has gone from bad to worse with veteran Lewis Jetta joining the extensive list of players on the sidelines.

Jetta has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a calf injury meaning West Coast have lost Luke Shuey (hamstring), Jack Redden (thumb), Mark Hutchings (hamstring) and Jetta in just seven days.

Given they were already without Elliot Yeo (osteitis pubis) and Jamie Cripps (personal), they could ill afford to lose another experienced player.

“Lewy played quite well after half-time but in the course of that he’s ended up with a calf strain, which we’ll need to manage quite conservatively because Lewy has had quite a history of calf strains,” Eagles general manager of Football Craig Vozzo said.

“This will keep him out for two-to-three weeks.”

Lewis Jetta of the Eagles spends time with his children after arriving at the club prior to departing to Perth airport.
Camera IconLewis Jetta of the Eagles spends time with his children after arriving at the club prior to departing to Perth airport. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images via AFL Photos

West Coast are confident Shuey and Hutchings will be available for finals, but the injuries mean they club is under pressure to win enough games to make the eight. Their final two games are against St Kilda and North Melbourne.

The Eagles are hoping Yeo will play in that round 18 against the Kangaroos.

Redden had surgery on his thumb today and the damage wasn’t as significant as West Coast feared.

Jack Redden of West Coast Eagles kicks during the round 16 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium.
Camera IconJack Redden of West Coast Eagles kicks during the round 16 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium. Credit: Matt Roberts/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

“We had some positive news today during the surgery. There is some chance he still might be available a bit later on this year,” Vozzo said.

“We’re hoping it’s a three-to-four week type injury as opposed to an end of season injury, but we’re waiting on the surgeon’s report.”

Nathan Vardy has also progressed well in his recovery from compartment syndrome and could be fit if the Eagles need him during the finals.

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