The West Australian

Yeo making progress in return bid

- CRAIG O'DONOGHUE

West Coast midfielder Elliot Yeo has ticked the first major box in his start to a mini pre-season program by training with the team and then adding more running in an attempt to build his fitness.

Yeo hasn’t played since August and has had numerous setbacks in his attempt to recover from osteitis pubis. West Coast originally hoped Yeo would be available for last season’s finals series but he wasn’t able to advance his training while in the Queensland hub.

That has changed in the last month and the All-Australian midfielder took a giant leap by training strongly this week.

Coach Adam Simpson said the early indication­s were that Yeo had handled his biggest test well.

“He trained the other night so that was great signs,” Simpson said.

“He blew up in five minutes but he was on the track and he topped up with his running.

“The main thing with that is how does he pull up?

“If he pulls up well then we just continue to move forward.”

Yeo has been badly missed by the Eagles as he adds more depth, power and skill to their midfield.

West Coast are also having to work through not having captain Luke Shuey available and Simpson has compared that predicamen­t to Geelong being without Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfiel­d.

Shuey needed surgery after injuring his hamstring tendon against Port Adelaide. He has been ruled out indefinite­ly but won’t play before West Coast’s bye in round 13.

While Shuey’s history of soft tissue injuries had been worrying the Eagles, Simpson said the recovery from surgery would follow the normal path for tendon injuries.

“I think it’ll be a standard rehab with the tendon surgery. That’ll take care of itself,” he said. “But what we do to return to play is probably the next hhconversa­tion we’ll have. The recovery and rehab has always been consistent.”

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