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Rosa out for up to eight weeks

By Justin Chadwick 05/06/2008 12:46:31 PM Comments (0)

West Coast's injury woes have continued with midfielder Matt Rosa set to miss the next six to eight weeks with a fractured ankle.

The 21-year-old has missed just two games this AFL season and his absence for Saturday's clash against Sydney at Subiaco Oval is a bitter blow for an Eagles outfit looking to bounce back from last week's humiliating 100-point loss to Collingwood.

News of Rosa's injury came just a day after promising forward Josh Kennedy was ruled out of action for up to three weeks with a knee strain.

And with Shannon Hurn (fractured fibula), Chad Jones (ankle) and Beau Waters (suspended) all unavailable for selection this week, West Coast coach John Worsfold may be forced to rush Adam Hunter back from injury.

Hunter has not played since hyper extending his knee against the Bulldogs in round six.

But the premiership swingman has made a return to the training track and is edging closer to a playing return.

Rosa's injury could open the door for injury-plagued midfielder Sam Butler's return to the senior side.

Butler last played for the Eagles in their 2006 grand final triumph over Sydney but has been plagued by a succession of groin injuries ever since.

However, the talented 22-year-old has stuck to a rigid rehabilitation program and has strung together five games in the WAFL, impressing coaching staff with his skill level and work ethic.

Forward Ashley Hansen and ruckman Mark Seaby are others pushing hard for a recall.

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