'We were in a bit of strife there' Watch West Coast coach Adam Simpson's post-match press conference
Mark LeCras has hurt the same arm that hampered his 2013 campaign
MARK LeCras will 'miss weeks' after injuring his right forearm in West Coast's 25-point win over St Kilda on Saturday night.
LeCras was subbed off during the opening term after having the arm assessed by the Eagles medical staff.
It is the same arm he broke in round one last season against Fremantle. LeCras missed just one game but was hampered for the rest of the year.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson said the outlook wasn't good but LeCras will be sent for scans on Sunday to determine the severity of the injury.
"It could be the same issue he had in the past with his arm," Simpson said. "We don't know yet. It doesn't look great.
"He'll miss weeks."
Simpson said the loss of LeCras so early in the match exposed the Eagles' structure.
"It probably tells you a bit about playing so tall sometimes," Simpson said.
"If you lose someone like LeCras, the balance goes out of whack a little bit.
"(Will Schofield) came on and did a serviceable job but he's not a forward so we had to adapt to the game."
Simpson said Josh Hill could be an option to replace LeCras after kicking three goals for East Perth in the WAFL on Friday night.
"He's dying for a chance so you'd assume he'd be in the mix this week," Simpson said.
"He had a really good performance at East Perth last night. We'll see how it all settles tomorrow and we'll go from there but we've got some options."
The Eagles suffered further injury troubles in the match. Chris Masten suffered a nasty cork that diminished his running capacity while Scott Selwood rolled his ankle.
"He couldn't feel his right foot after half-time," Simpson said of Selwood.
"You probably noticed he kicked one out on the full and pulled a few kicks on his left as well so we thought it was a really brave effort from Scooter."
Sharrod Wellingham was replaced by Will Schofield before the match after complaining of groin soreness but Simpson said he will be fine for next Saturday night's clash with Geelong.
"He's just a bit sore and we left it right until today and he just wasn't quite right and these days you can't play at 90 per cent," Simpson said.
"We considered making him sub but we thought the best way forward was just to give him a rest so he'll be available next week."