Lycett underwent a PCL reconstruction in September last year after he hobbled off early in the second term of the elimination final loss to the Western Bulldogs after hurting his knee while laying a tackle.
It was initially feared Lycett would miss the first half of the 2017, however, he has recovered quicker than expected and is now in line to play in round one if he gets through WAFL side, East Perth’s practice match against East Fremantle on Saturday.
“To be honest, it’s been pretty smooth, the rehab,” coach Adam Simpson said.
“We tried to get it out early that we weren’t putting pressure on him to play round one and I think once he realised that it actually accelerated his recovery.
“He’s been doing everything for a couple of weeks, so now it’s about match fitness. Probably the last hurdle as a ruckman going through one of those injuries is the centre bounce and that combative nature. We’ve been holding him back a little bit, but it’s about time we open him up now.”
The Eagles face the Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium in round one.