Matt Rosa could miss the rest of the season with a pectoral injury.West Coast midfielder Matt Rosa will miss the remainder of the season with a pectoral injury.
After having scans on Monday, the extent of the injury was revealed, and the wingman will require surgery, likely sometime this week.
Rosa sustained a right pectoral tendon tear in Sunday’s 28-point loss to Sydney, coming off the ground just before three-quarter-time and not returning for the rest of the match.
Unfortunately for West Coast, Jeremy McGovern had struggled to have an impact in the wet conditions and was already subbed out of the contest.
So the Eagles, who trailed the Swans by just 13 points at the last break, were down one rotation for the last term.
As a result, the Swans kicked the first three goals for the quarter and claimed their 11th consecutive win to leap to the top of the AFL ladder.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson said the loss of Rosa didn’t help his team’s chances of winning.
“It didn’t help,” he said.
“It felt like the game was telling us we needed to get our sub on a bit earlier.
“[Sam] Butler came on and had nine possessions and had an impact. Gov [McGovern] had two touches so we thought we made that call. It didn’t help that Rosa hurt himself just before three-quarter-time.
“He is in a bit of strife. We think he has hurt his pectoral muscle. So it will be multiple weeks.”
Rosa has enjoyed arguably the best of his 10 seasons at the Eagles. He played his 150th game a week ago and also recently signed a contract extension for a further two seasons with the Eagles, ignoring temptation to return to Victoria as a free agent.
With the finals now only a very slim hope (the Eagles are in 11th place and 12 points behind eighth place) Simpson concedes that it may be time to start playing some youngsters.
They may not have a choice.
Rosa joins Elliott Yeo (hand), Beau Waters (shoulder), Scott Selwood (foot), Darren Glass (retired) and Mitch Brown (knee) on the sidelines.
Nic Naitanui was a late withdrawal on Sunday due to general soreness and is no certainty to play against Brisbane next weekend.
Josh Kennedy has been offered a one-game ban after Swan Zak Jones was subbed out from the game early on Sunday with concussion after colliding with him.
The Eagles key forward tucked his shoulder in and chose to bump Jones, but hit him high.
“Two weeks in a row, we have played two teams who probably may play for the premiership [Sydney and Fremantle] and we have challenged them at stages. Good teams respond and both the teams have done it in the past two weeks. They have both pulled away from us,” Simpson said.
“There are areas of our game and personnel we have got to look at, no doubt, because we are in the business of winning.
“I am always looking at what we need and how we go about it, how we need to develop. There are a lot of good players at East Perth, the kids, we may look at that too.” Follow WAtoday on Twitter
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