It’s expected the Eagles captain will be out for another 22-days, at least, after he limped off the field on Saturday’s win against Port Adelaide with a suspected hamstring strain.
Shuey, who was one of the West Coast’s best afield on Saturday afternoon, is now looking at another extended period in the medicos rooms, having recently recovered from another 22-day hamstring rehabilitation period.
“We’re still investigating exactly where we’ve landed,” Eagles director of Football told the club website earlier today. “We’re thinking it’s a low-grade hamstring but because of the Easter break, we haven’t quite got the results of the scans as yet.
“We’ll make plans depending on what those scans say.”
The 2018 Norm Smith Medalist has suffered his fair share of injury setbacks over the past 12 months, succumbing to a double hamstring strain that kept him out of the side for almost five weeks.
“He’ll probably be out for at least the next three to four weeks, we would think, but we’ll have a good look at things, get advice from our doctors and come up with a plan to get Luke right for the long-term.”
Meanwhile, Brendon Ah Chee also suffered a hamstring strain during the captain’s run on Friday night, although the prognosis does not seem to be too bad at this time.
“Brendon was selected (to play Port), and then unfortunately during the Captain’s Run, he had some hamstring awareness, so we’ve gotten that scanned and decided to take a conservative approach, which meant he came out of the side, unfortunately for him and for us,” Vozzo said.
Ah Chee, who was the designated medical substitute against the Bulldogs in round 2, was set to make his first appearance for the West Coast this season after impressing in the WAFL at the start of the year.
But the prognosis looks promising, and it seems he should be back training later this week.
“We’ll have a light start to the week and elevate Brendon’s training through the week and see how he copes in readiness for this week,” Vozzo said.
Similarly, injured midfielder Elliot Yeo looks to be making progress after taking part in the team’s light training session on Friday.
It’s looking increasingly likely that Yeo, who missed the majority of the 2020 season through a recurring osteitis pubis injury, could make his comeback fairly soon, with the club now mapping out a return to play schedule for the midfielder.
“Elliot joined in with the guys at the Captain’s Run before the game (versus) Port and trained quite well; it was good to see him out there kicking the balls around and not just running around the boundary line,” Vozzo said.
“I’m sure that was good for him and certainly good for us.
“Having gotten through that section of his build, we’ll now sit down – our medical staff and (strength and conditioning) staff – and establish a return to play plan now for Elliot, which is exciting.”