WEST Coast high-flyer Liam Ryan will be grounded for up to three months after suffering a nasty ankle injury against Geelong.
The Subiaco product heard a crack when he soccered the go-ahead goal in the 15-point win over the Cats at Optus Stadium last Sunday, his seventh major in just three career games.
But, Ryan – who was nominated for mark and goal of the year for his two signature moments against the Western Bulldogs in round two – will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks.
The potential return of dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy could offset the loss of Ryan, but the Eagles have a decision to make on whether the ever-reliable forward needs another week of training under his belt following ankle and knee surgery.
Kennedy – who is listed as a test for Saturday night’s match against Gold Coast at Optus Stadium – completed extra running around Lathlain Park during Tuesday’s session.
Emerging midfielder Liam Duggan is also a test for the contest against the Suns after being a late withdrawal from the game against Geelong because of a hamstring issue.
Recruit Brendon Ah Chee (ankle) and ruck-forward Nathan Vardy (groin) are both nearing comebacks and are likely to return after East Perth’s bye this weekend.