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Yeo ruled out of finals campaign

Dual West Coast Eagles best and fairest and premiership midfielder Elliot Yeo will not play again this season as he continues to battle osteitis pubis.

Yeo has not played since round 11 against Carlton and has struggled to break out of a light jog on the training track in recent weeks as he and the club attempted to ramp up his bid to play a part in the Eagles premiership push.

“Unfortunately with Elliot we’ve reached a bit of a stalemate in terms of the progress with his OP (osteitis pubis),” General Manager – Football Craig Vozzo told the Eagles website.

“We haven’t been able to elevate his training to the level required to give him the chance to play.

“The pain levels for Elliot are too great, and the medical advice is we’re better off taking a long-term approach, which we need to do.

“Elliot’s extremely disappointed, but we’re going to have to obviously put his season on ice.

“We’re obviously very disappointed too, but we had no choice in this circumstance. It’s the right thing from a medical point-of-view to get him right for the long-term.”

In better news for the Eagles Jeremy McGovern remains a chance to play in the elimination final against Collingwood, while captain Luke Shuey (hamstring), Jack Redden (thumb) and Mark Hutchings (hamstring) should all be available for selection.

Durable hard running wingman Andrew Gaff has also activated the four year contract extension in his deal initially signed in 2018, tying him to the club until 2024.

Gaff was one of four Eagles nominated for 2020 All-Australian honours, along with Nic Naitanui, Brad Shepperd and Liam Ryan.

IMAGE: West Coast Eagles Twitter.

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