According to 7News’ Ryan Daniels, Sheppard sustained the injury following a heavy knock, while the All-Australian is also understood to be carrying a minor hamstring complaint.
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All-Australian @WestCoastEagles defender Brad Sheppard has a broken nose, and some suggestion he also has a sore hammy. Would be touch and go for Saturday’s pre-season derby.
— Ryan Daniels (@FootyRhino) February 22, 2021
Remarkably, Sheppard continued to train but could be rested for the Eagles’ upcoming practice game against Fremantle this weekend.
“I think he’s fine. But a bit of carry on on the field that day,” teammate Dom Sheed said, per Fox Sports.
Sheppard joins a growing list of Eagles stars facing time on the sidelines this off-season, with midfielder Elliot Yeo still battling with osteitis pubis and will likely miss the club’s opening round clash against the Suns on Sunday, March 21.
Midfielder Tim Kelly was also away from the main group with a thumb complaint, while key forward Josh Kennedy was walking laps during the session.
Promising midfielder Liam Duggan was also spotted with his thumb strapped at training.
Skipper Luke Shuey returned to the field from a calf injury to compete in the clash, but was limited to just the 24 minutes of training across two spells.