Scott Lycett is set to miss up to three months with a dislocated shoulder in a damaging blow to West Coast’s ruck stocks.
The 24-year-old hurt his left shoulder laying a tackle playing for WAFL affiliate East Perth in a practice match at East Fremantle Oval last Saturday.
The diagnosis is a major setback for Lycett, who was playing his first game after posterior cruciate ligament surgery at the end of last season.
Eagles general manager of football operations Craig Vozzo said surgery was Lycett’s only option given the damage. He will miss 10-12 weeks.
“There was a dislocation, which has caused some bone damage,” he said.
“The extent of the damage was such that we are not going to take the risk on a conservative treatment. Our doctors are recommending that we go down the path of latarjet surgery, so that’ll take place early next week.”
First-year draftee Jake Waterman has also been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a foot stress fracture in a worse-than-expected diagnosis.
Waterman, 18, was coming off a pre-season debut for the Eagles in their opening JLT Community Series match against GWS in Narrandera last month.
The lengthy stint on the sidelines for Lycett comes with Nic Naitanui also sidelined until at least the final third of the season.
Fellow ruckman Jonathan Giles will be given a chance to press his selection claims with the Royals in round one of the WAFL this Saturday.
West Coast are likely to go with Nathan Vardy and Drew Petrie as their ruck partnership for their season opener against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday week.