WEST Coast star Josh Kennedy has not travelled with the Eagles squad to Adelaide on Thursday to remain in Perth for as long as possible with his partner Lauren, who is expecting their first child.
The Eagles confirmed that Kennedy had not travelled with the side ahead of Saturday's clash with Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, but he is still scheduled to travel on a later flight.
Kennedy told the Eagles website last week that the baby was expected after the round 10 match against Gold Coast, but that he would miss a game if the birth clashed with a fixture.
The Eagles have flown 23 players to Adelaide on Thursday.
Xavier Ellis and Tom Cole were the only two additions to the squad from the team that beat St Kilda by 103 points last Sunday.