Yeo set for WAFL return
Dual Eagles best and fairest and premiership player Elliot Yeo is set to make his return from osteitis pubis at WAFL level, coach Adam Simpson confirmed on Thursday.
Yeo hasn't played since round 11 last year due to the ailment, unable to train over the summer due to ongoing issues related to the injury.
The 27 year old has built up his training load steadily over recent weeks, gradually ticking off building off his training workload to make himself available for selection.
Having not played since August of last year, Yeo's return will be on limited minutes through the WAFL for the West Coast Eagles against East Perth at Leederville on Saturday.
"“He’ll get some minutes in WAFL this week. See how he pulls up and we’ll go from there.," coach Adam Simpson confirmed at his weekly press conference on Thursday.
"It’s exciting he’s coming back but we won’t rush him.”
Yeo is expected to play up to 80 minutes in the round 7 clash at Leederville Oval, his first league match in the state competition having been drafted originally from East Fremantle in 2011.
Star defender Jeremy McGovern is facing a race against time to be fit for the round 10 clash against the GWS Giants after copping a knock to the knee late against Adelaide.
Simpson said fellow premiership stars Shannon Hurn and Liam Ryan would be pushing hard for selection, both having missed five matches due to calf and shin injuries.
“They’ve got to get through everything this week. If they get through training today, they’ll play."
Hurn will break West Coast's games record should he be named in the final 22 for the clash, but who makes way remains a bone of contention with Alex Witherden, Tom Cole and Josh Rotham all performing admirably in the former skipper's abscence.
“We’ve developed a good backline this year and obviously Shannon’s a part of that, that (selection) will be a match committee decision." Simpson said.
The Eagles face the Giants at Sydney Showgrounds on Sunday afternoon, bouncedown at 11:10 AM Perth time.
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