Eagles count cost after Hawks loss

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 22 Juni 2013 | 12.50

HURTING: An injured Shannon Hurn arrives at Perth Airport this morning. Picture: Bohdan Warchomij Source: PerthNow

AN EMBATTLED West Coast Eagles swung into crisis management mode this morning after injury and possible suspension hit home in the wake of a loss to premiership favourites Hawthorn.

With finals prospects for this season teetering on disaster from the 20-point loss and a horror run ahead, the Eagles look certain to be without top defender Shannon Hurn through injury, as well as veteran utility Andrew Embley with possible suspension.

Eagles management sent instructions to WAFL club East Fremantle for potential replacements Brad Sheppard and Jacob Brennan to play only 70 per cent of their local games against East Perth.

Sheppard and Brennan were both emergencies in West Coast's initial 25-man squad for Friday's trip to Melbourne and confrontation with the classy Hawks.

Dashing defender Will Schofield (East Perth) is also on limited game-time as a potential cover in West Coast's backline for the imposing bunch of tall Bombers forwards in full flight on Thursday.

Embley, who turns 32 next week, looks certain to be hit with a ban from the league's match review team for an ugly incident with Hawks defender Ben Stratton at the 10-minute mark of the second term, just after Hurn had been officially subbed out of the clash.

Embley could be cited with rough conduct for a reckless knee into Stratton as the Hawk was underneath the Eagles star on the wing.

The 2006 Norm Smith medallist could be hit with around a medium to high impact charge for his knee drop into Stratton, and depending on the severity finding from match incident analysts, Embley could cop in the region of 220 points and a two-game penalty.

Any early plea could reduce any ban to just one week in what could yet be the popular Embley's final AFL season.

Hurn, 25, is in grave doubt to recover inside five days to play against in-form Essendon in Perth on Thursday.

The 134-game creative defender badly sprained his right ankle and was forced out of conflict with the Hawks before quarter-time on Friday.

Tough on-ballers Luke Shuey and Daniel Kerr are both nursing nagging shoulder injuries that will need assessment early into recovery days ahead of a crucial home showdown with in-form Essendon.

Midfielder Scott Selwood will also need to overcome shoulder soreness ahead of a potential shootout with Bombers champion Jobe Watson.

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