Vardy joins Eagles injury list
West Coast picked up another worrying injury in their practice match against Fremantle, with Nathan Vardy the latest player affected.
Vardy was taken from the field at Lathlain Park with a suspected adductor strain. He collapsed after a ruck contest on the wing in the fourth quarter and was in some distress as he was helped to the bench by trainers in the 29-point defeat.
"He's tweaked his groin a bit and it doesn't look great at the moment," midfield and stoppage coach Nathan van Berlo said. "It's pretty unfortunate for Nathan to go down in the last quarter. He's pretty sore at the moment."
Adam Simpson's side are already facing the possibility of missing star ruckman Nic Naitanui and spearhead Josh Kennedy for round one, potentially leaving their tall stocks thin for the season opener against Sydney.
Vardy's injury soured an otherwise encouraging performance from an inexperienced Eagles line-up against a Fremantle side at near full-strength.
Forwards Willie Rioli (two goals) and Liam Ryan (one) impressed as they inspired the team's fightback from 19 points down at half-time.
West Coast closed to within a point during the third quarter but Fremantle pulled away in the final term, running out 12.14 (86) to 9.3 (57) winners.
Cam McCarthy booted three majors for the Dockers, while Shane Kersten had two. Rookie-listed Bailey Banfield pushed his claims for a spot in round one with three goals.
Superstar skipper Nat Fyfe, who was rested, and classy onballer Stephen Hill (calf) are still to return to the Dockers engine room.
West Coast were missing star defender Jeremy McGovern (concussion), captain Shannon Hurn, Josh Kennedy (ankle), Nic Naitanui (knee), Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff, Mark LeCras, Jack Darling and Jack Redden.
West Coast are 9/2 to win the AFL Grand Final, while the Eagles are 11/5 to win their first game of the season against Sydney, who are 19/50.
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