PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Josh Kennedy of the Eagles gestures to the interchange during the round 11 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the St Kilda Saints at Optus Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Eagles forward Josh Kennedy will miss one to three weeks after scans have found a hairline fracture in his lower leg.

“JK (Kennedy) won’t play this week. They’ve found a tiny hairline fracture in his lower leg. It will be between one and three weeks,” Eagles coach Adam Simpson told reporters on Wednesday.

The dual Coleman Medal winner has booted 29 goals from nine matches this season, having missed the opening three games due to a an ankle injury.

The Eagles host Essendon at Optus Stadium on Thursday night and will be struggling for tall timber up forward, given Jack Darling is still recovering from an ankle injury.

“We’ll have to find a way. We’re really excited for the opportunity it brings. We’re not going to declare who comes in yet, you’ll find out tonight,” Simpson said.

Meanwhile, the Eagles coach said defender Will Schofield is in the frame to return after dealing with a minor hamstring strain.

“He’s an experienced campaigner, his form at East Perth before his hamstring was really good. If he does come in, we expect him to perform his role at a high standard like we know he can,” he said.