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Allen and Edwards ruled out for season



Young Eagles forward Oscar Allen will not feature in the 2022 season after being placed on the club's inactive list due to an ongoing foot injury.


The 22 year old suffered a stress reaction in his foot in March leading in to the season, and hasn't played an AFL game as West Coast continue to languish at the bottom of the AFL table through nine rounds.


Allen has played 59 games since debuting in 2018, taken with pick 21 in the 2017 AFL Draft.


Young midfielder Luke Edwards has also been placed on the inactive list, son of Adelaide champion Tyson battling osteitis pubis since the pre-season, not featuring at AFL level since the round four win over Collingwood.


“After discussions with the players and medical staff we have decided in the best interests of their welfare to ease back on the workloads of both players,” Football Manager Gavin Bell said.


“While it is extremely disappointing, we have to consider the bigger picture.


“We would dearly love to have both Oscar and Luke out there helping us to achieve the best possible results at the back end of the year, but the medical advice is that they would benefit from a conservative rehabilitation.


“Given that we are almost at the halfway point of the season and they would need a considerable block of training before they could look at resuming, it is in the best interests of both players to wind back and take a long-term view.


“Oscar and Luke are both great competitors and want to help us improve in the short term, but they will remain integral in the program as they support of their teammates for the rest of the season.”


With the duo now joining Campbell Chesser and Tom Cole on the inactive list, it opens up the chance for the club to pick up two players in next month's mid-season AFL rookie draft.


The Eagles face Greater Western Sydney in round ten on Sunday at Giants Stadium, Jamie Cripps a late re-inclusion in to the squad while Sam Petrevski-Seton won't make the trip due to entering the AFL's health and safety protocols.


IMAGE: The West Australian.