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Eagles half-back out for two months, swingman in doubt

Xavier Ellis will miss 6-8 weeks with a partial Achilles tear - ${keywords}
Xavier Ellis will miss 6-8 weeks with a partial Achilles tear

WEST Coast half-back Xavier Ellis has been ruled out for up to two months with an Achilles injury.

Ellis gathered 10 disposals and kicked a goal in the Eagles' 64-point win over the Brisbane Lions on Sunday and appeared to play out the game without issues.

But he had a scan on his Achilles on Monday which revealed a partial tear.

Ellis will not face his former side Hawthorn in Sunday's Grand Final re-match and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

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Eagles swingman Jeremy McGovern also failed to train on Tuesday and faces a test later this week on his right shoulder after he was forced from the ground in the opening term against the Lions.

Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo told westcoasteagles.com.au that the club is confident he would be right to face the Hawks.

"'Gov' had an AC (joint) problem early in the game, which he played through," Vozzo said.

"We're still confident that he will come up for the game but we're going to test him later in the week."

In better news for West Coast, both Lewis Jetta and Chris Masten look set to be available for selection against the Hawks.

Jetta has not played since he injured his calf against Gold Coast in the NAB Challenge on March 3. Masten has been in rehab since injuring his left ankle in an intra-club match on February 13.

Both men trained on Tuesday and Eagles coach Adam Simpson said last Sunday that both would be a chance to come straight back into the side to face the Hawks should they get through training this week.

Sharrod Wellingham is still up to four weeks away from being available to play but he is expected to join in main training next week as he continues to recover from a knee injury.