West Coast Eagles optimistic Josh Kennedy calf more ‘tightness’ than injury
West Coast are optimistic they’ve avoided yet another injury to a senior player, with Josh Kennedy’s calf injury said to be more precautionary than concerning.
The 33-year-old spearhead was substituted out of the match with five minutes remaining, pictured on the bench with ice strapped to his right calf.
The Eagles’ first away win of the season appeared to have come at a significant cost, until Kennedy moved to play down the severity of the injury post-clash.
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“It’s all right, just got a bit of tight. I’m getting a little bit towards the older age so we just decided to take less risk,” Kennedy said.
“It tightened up as the game went on and just got a little bit tight in that last quarter.
“It just started to get a little bit tight. Not sure if I got a corkie in the first quarter.”
Kennedy has bagged 17 goals this season and was acting captain today in the absence of skipper Luke Shuey and fellow vice-captain Jeremy McGovern.
Coach Adam Simpson reiterated it wasn’t a pre-existing injury heading into the clash, rather a niggle picked up after the opening bounce.
“I think he had it from quarter-time onwards,” Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
“It doesn’t look too bad.”
Should Kennedy be sidelined, it would add to West Coast’s enormous injury list - which is on track to shorten this list provided McGovern (groin) and Tom Barrass (shoulder) return against Adelaide.
Flying forward Liam Ryan (shin), Elliot Yeo (osteitis pubis), Shannon Hurn (calf), Shuey (hamstring), Liam Duggan (knee) and Willie Rioli (suspended) all missing from the side.
Shuey was pictured on the broadcast aggressively biting his nails in the coaching box, despite his side comfortably leading after quarter-time.
“He’s got a real passion for football, so he helps look over centre bounces and stoppages,” Simpson said.
“He’s quite an asset for us in the box.”
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