West Coast captain Shannon Hurn says he feels for Mitch Brown after the defender was ruled out for at least eight weeks because of a serious finger injury.
Brown has undergone surgery after rupturing a tendon in the middle finger of his left hand during last week’s pre-season win over Gold Coast.
The setback will sideline Brown until at least round six.
It’s a cruel blow for Brown, who was playing just his second match since undergoing a knee reconstruction a year ago.
The 27-year-old also missed the 2008 season after undergoing a knee reconstruction.
West Coast had their season launch on Tuesday, and Hurn said it was sad to hear the news of Brown’s injury.
“It’s very disappointing from a player point of view,” Hurn said.
“He hasn’t been able to play for a long time, he goes through all of that work, and unfortunately plays five minutes or 10 minutes and he’s going to miss probably eight to 10 weeks.
“But Browny will do the best he can and he can still run, so he’ll still be able to be fit.”
The news was much better for prized recruit Lewis Jetta, who tweaked his calf against the Suns.
Jetta was back jogging on Monday and the club is optimistic the former Swan will be fit to tackle Brisbane in the season opener on March 27.
Midfielder Chris Masten is progressing well from an ankle injury, but he won’t be available until round four.
The Eagles will be back in action on Sunday when they host Essendon in their final pre-season fixture at Domain Stadium.