West Coast have been dealt further injury woes with star midfielder Tim Kelly set to be sidelined for up to three weeks of preseason training.
Scans have confirmed a "standard" hamstring strain for the 29-year-old.
On Wednesday, Eagles general manager of football Gavin Bell said Kelly experienced some tightness in a recent session.
The club said high-intensity training at present has its associated risks.
West Coast will be looking to shift their fortunes after a wooden spoon season in 2023.
The interruption comes after Liam Ryan was confirmed to require surgery to mend a hamstring injury of his own picked up on Monday.
Ryan missed the bulk of last season with a similar injury to his opposite leg.
"While injuries are always disappointing, we are in a game-like conditioning phase currently with a focus on repeat speed training and there is always some risk of injuries as we prepare our players for matches," Bell said.
Kelly is expected to return mid-way through next month and is expected to feature in the Eagles' upcoming practice matches.
In a lean campaign last year, Kelly averaged 28 disposals, six clearances and five tackles across 22 games on his way to taking out the club's best-and-fairest.
His efforts stood out amongst an injury-plagued and inexperienced lineup.
Kelly signed a six-year mega contract with West Coast in 2020 speculated to be worth around $800,000 a year.
He was hot property after two standout seasons at the Cats, including All Australian selection in 2019.
West Coast begin their season with a Derby precursor against Fremantle on February 24.
They'll then travel to Adelaide for a Community Cup Series matchup with the Crows on March 2.