World News – UA – Yeo blows as Eagles welcome back to stars – en – en.

Josh Kennedy and Luke Shuey are among a series of stars set to return for the West Coast playoff final against Collingwood next week, but guns midfielder Elliot Yeo is facing to a battle to play again this year

Kennedy injured his ankle in last week’s victory over North Melbourne, while Shuey has not played since straining both hamstrings in the victory of the round 15 against Essendon

This duo, with Jack Redden (thumb), Lewis Jetta (calf), Mark Hutchings (hamstrings) and Jamie Cripps (personal reasons) are all set to be available for the start of the final

Defender Jeremy McGovern also pleads for early return from hamstring injury

Yeo, who hasn’t played since round 11 due to pubic osteitis, has already been ruled out of the clash with Collingwood at Optus Stadium

And even as the Eagles progress deep into the Final, it looks increasingly unlikely that Yeo will be able to return

He has resumed straight-line racing in recent weeks, but coach Adam Simpson says the 26-year-old has struggled to make significant progress

The club could make an announcement as early as Tuesday whether they plan to stick with Yeo’s current schedule or admit he won’t be back this year

Kennedy has made good progress since his ankle injury, but revealed the worst crossed his mind when he first suffered the injury

“It was going through my head that this could have been my last game,” Kennedy told Perth radio station 6PR

“So a few emotions were going through my head and maybe an overreaction on my part You’re thinking the worst

“I’m just trying to reduce the swelling at the moment, which I did a really good job of this weekend

“I’m going to do a little more today and run tomorrow so everything looks pretty positive Everything is stable and everything, which has been good”

The 33-year-old says he has yet to make a decision on whether to play next season, but in his current form he would be a good chance to win another one-year contract

“You can win it from anywhere, you just need to be in the final The teams have already done it,” he said

Meanwhile, the capacity allowed for next week’s clash at Optus Stadium has increased from 30,000 to 35,500

The increase is due to the Washington state government allowing the 50% capacity limit to be replaced with a one person per two square meter rule

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World News – UA – Yeo blows as Eagles welcome back the stars – en – en.