West Coast are breathing a huge sigh of relief after premiership ruckman Nathan Vardy was cleared of a serious knee injury.
The Eagles feared Vardy had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when the former Cat landed awkwardly while playing in the WAFL on Saturday.
Vardy tore the ACL in his right knee while at Geelong in 2014, and the Eagles were bracing for bad news on his latest setback.
But scans have shown the injury isn’t that serious, with Vardy only set to miss a few weeks.
“We thought he might have done his ACL on the weekend, but luckily he’s avoided that issue,” Eagles coach Adam Simpson told Channel 7.
“It was quite concerning; he’s done a knee before and he thought it was the same action that hurt his other knee last time. But luckily, he’s OK.
“He’s going to miss a couple of weeks, but it was a best-case scenario for us.”
Vardy played an important role in West Coast’s premiership success last year.
But with Nic Naitanui and Tom Hickey now the preferred ruck combination, Vardy faces a fight to force his way back into the squad.
West Coast are still awaiting the results of scans on Mark Hutchings’ hamstring injury, with the club expecting the tagger to miss about three weeks.
Defender Jeremy McGovern will return from suspension for Saturday night’s western derby against Fremantle, while Tom Barrass (corked calf) could also be called up.
Fremantle hope to be boosted by the return of Rory Lobb, who has been sidelined for the past month with a foot injury.
West Coast (10-4) are just percentage adrift of second spot, and will be aiming to make it nine derby wins in a row when they meet their archrivals.
Fremantle (7-7) are in desperate need of a win after dropping games to strugglers Melbourne and Carlton over the past fortnight.