WEST Coast coach John Worsfold believes a review into the Eagles enormous injury toll in season 2013 is the most important issue the club must address.
The Eagles have suffered an unending stream of long-term injuries to key personnel throughout the season, a major reason why one of the pre-season premiership fancies is languishing in 11th spot on the AFL ladder after 18 rounds.
"It's definitely a high priority for us," Worsfold said at a press conference on Wednesday.
"I believe it's probably the most critical thing that we need to turn around... to be at your absolute best you have to have your best team on the field as many weeks of the season as possible, and we haven't got anywhere close to that this year.
"So we need to look at it and say what can we do, or what is it that we think is missing, that we've had so many injuries."
West Coast has used 37 players this season and while six clubs have used more this season, only four Eagles have played every game.
Key personnel such as Mark LeCras, Luke Shuey, Shannon Hurn, Nic Naitanui, Daniel Kerr, Matt Rosa, Beau Waters, Darren Glass, Andrew Embley and Patrick McGinnity all missed the 22-point loss to the Bulldogs last Sunday.
Embley and McGinnity were out due to suspension but the rest have missed multiple weeks with injury and soreness.
Chris Masten has also been ruled out for a number of weeks with an ankle injury sustained last Sunday.
"No fractures, no bone damage, but a pretty serious sprained ankle. So he'll miss a few games," Worsfold said of the improved midfielder.
The Eagles coach said he hoped to get a few players back for the clash with Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.
"Embley, McGinnity, Rosa, Sheppard, Glass are available," Worsfold said.
"That's a positive for us. Again we've got to look at how fit those guys are and what they could bring to the group."
Worsfold was also hopeful that LeCras, Shuey and Naitanui would all play again this year.
"Shuey's a muscle strain (hamstring) so he's the one we've got the most idea about in time-frames.
"So I'd say he'll definitely be back.
"LeCras we're really confident will be back, and Naitanui certainly could be as well."
Naitanui is unlikely return this week though, as he has not run since his last game against Sydney in round 17.
"The rest has done what we expected it would, which is make him feel good," Worsfold said.
"But in terms of what load he can take, that will be tested out."
LeCras was on crutches on Monday but there still hasn't been a definitive diagnosis on his foot problem.
"He's had an MRI and bone scan and there's no bone damage in there," said Worsfold.
"So he's got something that's causing some pain, that is getting better, but exactly what's causing the pain we're not sure."