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Eagles dealt another preseason blow with Tim Kelly due for stint on sidelines

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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.

Kelly took home the John Worsfold medal after a starring season in 2023. (Image: Facebook)

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.

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