MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Drew Petrie of the Eagles prepapres to walk out for warm up during the round one AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on March 26, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

West Coast ruckman Drew Petrie will need surgery on his hand after suffering an injury in the opening minutes of the Eagles’ clash with North Melbourne on Sunday afternoon.

The 34-year-old injured his hand while trying to lay a tackle, and immediately went off the field and down into the West Coast rooms.

Petrie returned to the field with his hand heavily strapped and played out the remainder of the contest, but coach Adam Simpson said post-game that the injury would need surgery.

The surgery is set to see Petrie on the sidelines for several weeks, and Simpson also confirmed back up ruckman Jonathan Giles will be recalled from East Perth.