According to The West Australian's Mark Duffield, there were already some questions regarding whether the 34-year-old would have travelled to Melbourne regardless.
As a veteran, Kennedy's match involvement this season will most likely be monitored game-by-game as the Eagles introduce younger players through the 22.
According to SEN's Sam Edmund, Jack Darling, Tim Kelly, Liam Ryan and Alex Witherden all appear set to massively improve the depleted Eagles, with star midfielder Luke Shuey making his case for selection this week.
Josh Kennedy to miss West Coast's game against North Melbourne on Sunday due to health and safety protocols, as per @MarkDuffield1 -- Jack Darling back in the nick of time alongside Tim Kelly, Liam Ryan, Alex Witherden and with Luke Shuey pushing.
— Sam Edmund (@Sammy__Edmund) March 22, 2022
Darling returns to the Eagles' forward line after having his AFL future clouded following his failure to meet the AFL's vaccination mandate in February.
Yet, in March, the 29-year-old received the vaccination and returned to training with the Eagles before a foot injury paused his Round 1 preparations. The four-time leading goalkicker will give the Eagles some added experience to their forward line.
Kelly and Ryan return from health and safety protocols, while Witherden is available for selection after serving his one-match suspension from the Eagles AAMI Community Series match against Fremantle.
Luke Shuey will also be eager to be selected for the 22 after dealing with a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason, strengthening the Eagles midfield that has been worn thin following cases of COVID and injuries.
The star-studded line-up of returns will give Eagles fans some much-needed positivity going into this Sunday's clash against the Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium, as both teams target their first win of the season.