West Coast Eagles are worried that Eric Mackenzie could miss the entire 2015 AFL season due to a serious knee injury. Last year’s best and fairest winner suffered the injury during the second quarter of his side’s NAB Challenge game against Carlton at Mandurah’s Rushton Park. Mackenzie was marking Levi Casboult of Carlton on the wing and Mackenzie twisted his right knee and tumbled to the ground in obvious pain. Unfortunately for fans and bettors, He won’t be a good choice this year for a BetEasy AFL Brownlow Medal Bonus Bet. The player was then treated by the team’s trainers and physios before getting up and jogging off the field under his own power. The trainers then tested the stability in his knee before he limped off to the dressing room.
West Coast’s head coach Adam Simpson said he didn’t know how serious the injury is and is waiting for the results of medical scans. However, he believes Mackenzie may have torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and could be lost to the team for the campaign. Simpson told the press,
It’s not great. He left at half-time so I haven’t had a chance to talk to him but we fear the worst. You have your heart in your mouth when you go through these things and you just hope for the best. We all know he’s an important player for us but we will park that for the moment and just get around him and see how he is tomorrow. We still don’t know and there is still a small chance it might not be an ACL.
If it is a torn ACL, then Mackenzie will certainly be gone for the season since they take approximately six months to fully recover from, as long as there aren’t any setbacks involved in the rehabilitation. Simpson was happy with his squad’s 31-point victory against the Blues, but said the team was too inaccurate in front of goal as they were successful on just 10 of 25 chances. He feels the side should be kicking more than 10 goals with that many opportunities, but those numbers should increase in time. The coach was pleased with his team’s organization and felt they controlled the action for the most part. If Mackenzie is indeed out for the year, West Coast fans have several other good choices to back with a BetEasy AFL Brownlow Medal Bonus Bet.
Simpson also has some other injury problems to deal with as Jack Darling is expected to miss the first round of action and perhaps even more games as he recovers from a stress fracture in his foot. This means he may also not be a good choice for fans looking to back somebody with their BetEasy AFL Brownlow Medal Bonus Bet. In addition, Nic Naitanui didn’t play against Carlton as he complained of an aching back and Simpson said he could possibly miss the next NAB Challenge match on March 8 at the Norwood Oval when West Coast takes on Port Adelaide.
On the bright side, Scott Selwood made it back to the training track recently after his ankle operation in December. He’s hoping to play in one of the final two NAB Challenge contests, but Simpson said he won’t be rushed back into action. The coach believes he needs at least one more week of training and it’s possible that he takes part in the final game. If Selwood does return to the lineup in the near future, many West Coast fans may back him in 2015 with their BetEasy AFL Brownlow Medal Bonus Bet.