West Coast’s Sharrod Wellingham will miss the first round of the season due to a knee injury.
Wellingham has taken longer to recover than expected from a knock to the knee and is expected to miss the season opener.
“He’s got a knock on his knee that he’s had before. Normally it’s come and gone, but it just hasn’t gone this time,” coach Adam Simpson said.
“He probably won’t play round one.”
It’s also good news for teammate Chris Masten, who is recovering quicker than expected from an ankle injury and could return for the derby against Fremantle in round three.