West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson has confirmed the presence of four new injuries at the club after Saturday's loss to the Collingwood Magpies, but was hopefuly as many as six players could return within their next three games.
All of Elijah Hewett, Shannon Hurn and Connor West were injured during what was ultimately a 63-point loss to the Magpies on Saturday at Optus Stadium, while Tom Barrass failed to take part in the game after suffering an injury during Friday's captain's run.
Simpson revealed Hewett had suffered a concussion, meaning he will miss next Saturday's trip east to play the Adelaide Crows, while the club are hopeful Barrass could be back on deck next week after suffering a hip flexor injury.
West has suffered a medial knee injury that could be longer term, while Hurn will likely need scans to ascertain the extent of a hamstring injury.
In better news for the Eagles, all of Jeremy McGovern, Jack Darling, Luke Shuey, Tom Cole and Jamie Cripps could return after the club's Round 14 bye. The Eagles play the Sydney Swans away in Round 15, and St Kilda at home in Round 16.
"Hewitt has got a standard concussion. He left walking and is in reasonably good spirits," Simpson said.
"West has a medial that looks like it's longer term and Hurn has a hamstring, and then we lost Barrass with a hip flexor at the captain's run yesterday."
"I think it [Barrass' injury] is a short-term. Might be back next week, if not we have the bye after that.
"There are some players that are going through rehab really well at the moment. I think McGovern, Darling, Shuey, Cole, Cripps and now Barrass. Possibly post-bye, Round 15 or 16 we will get them back. That will make a difference."
Simpson admitted it has been a challenge having so many players injured during the first part of what has been a miserable campaign to date for the Eagles.
"We are trying not to focus on who hasn't been there, but it's just reality. It's difficult. We have had 26 to choose from pretty much for eight weeks and we are missing our good players. Our front half has probably been really decimated with Ryan, Cripps, Darling and [Sam] Petrevski-Seton. We have had three or four mids playing there today.
"Our mids, we are lucky we have had Bailey [Williams] available every week. It has been great exposure for some of our younger players, but we have missed the senior boys."
The Eagles are currently anchored to the bottom of the table with just one win from their twelve games to date.