Scott Selwood, the vice captain of the West Coast Eagles is expected to return to the club soon after sitting out the past six weeks with an injured ankle. Selwood appeared in the Eagles’ opening game of the campaign and has been sidelined since. He also had problems with the ankle last year and underwent a pair of operations on it. The club decided it was better to be safe than sorry with Selwood’s condition this year after he complained of soreness after their first-round contest against the Western Bulldogs. Even though Selwood’s basically out of the running for this year’s CrownBet AFL Best and Fairest market there are plenty of other options on the Eagles.
West Coast believed it was in the best interests of the player and club to give their vice skipper some time off to rest and make sure he’s completely healthy before returning. Craig Vozzo, the general manager of football for the Eagles, recently stated on the team’s official website that the midfielder will soon undergo physical tests to determine if he’s ready to play. The Eagles next match is Saturday, May 23 at Etihad Stadium against the St Kilda Saints. There are also several Saints players who are worth looking at for a 2015 CrownBet AFL Best and Fairest wager.
It may be hard for Selwood to return directly to the AFL though without any prep time in the WAFL. Unfortunately though, East Perth, the WAFL affiliate of the Eagles, have a bye this week. Vozzo added that forward Jack Darling is also close to returning to the side after looking good during training over the past two weeks. Vozzo remarked,
He had a really good week on the track last week and we expect him back in two, possibly three weeks.
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Another Eagles’ player, key defender Jeremy McGovern, missed the team’s recent win against Gold Coast with a calf problem, but is expected back in the squad this week. McGovern originally injured himself a week earlier against the Port Adelaide Power. In addition, Vozzo believes Brad Sheppard will be ready to play on the 23rd after taking a knock to his knee against Gold Coast. Vozzo stated, “That was just one of those unfortunate knocks in game and there was a bit of bruising. If he gets through training he’ll play against the Saints.” But on the other side of the coin, midfielder Matt Rosa is likely to be out of action for the next two r three weeks after injuring his hamstring in a recent training session. Footy fans can back their favourite players this year with a CrownBet AFL Best and Fairest wager.