West Coast are sweating on the fitness of Will Schofield after the key defender injured his calf in Sunday’s 52-point AFL win over Sydney.
Schofield was subbed out at three-quarter time after copping a knock to his calf.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson is hopeful the injury is nothing more than a cork, but Schofield will be further assessed on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.
“He’s a bit sore in his calf,” Simpson said.
“Hopefully it’s just a corkie, but we didn’t know whether it was a corkie or a strain so we just took precaution (by subbing him out).”
With Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown already out for the season, and Jeremy McGovern set to miss one more week with a hamstring injury, the Eagles can ill afford to lose Schofield.
Should Schofield be ruled out of Saturday night’s clash with Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium, star midfielder Elliot Yeo is likely to be thrust into the heart of defence.
Yeo would be joined by one-gamer Tom Barrass, who looked steady in his AFL debut against the Swans.
The Eagles are flying high in second spot after stringing together six-straight wins.
And in an added boost, they’ll be taking on a Gold Coast side missing inspirational skipper Gary Ablett, who could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
After facing off against lowly placed Gold Coast, West Coast confront premiership contenders Hawthorn and Fremantle in Perth in consecutive weeks.
Simpson said it was still too early to start talking up his team’s top-two chances.
“Obviously our goal now is to finish as high as we can. Wherever that takes us, it takes us,” he said.
West Coast’s midfield played a key role in the win over the Swans.
Nic Naitanui starred in the ruck, while Matt Priddis, Chris Masten, Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey, Yeo, and Mark LeCras also produced big games.
Such was West Coast’s dominance, they won the inside-50m count 58-35.