Tuesday, 3 July 2012
West Coast forward Mark Nicoski will miss the rest of the AFL season after re-injuring his hamstring at training on Monday.
Nicoski underwent two rounds of hamstring surgery earlier this year after first suffering the injury during the pre-season grand final.
The 28-year-old was on track to resume playing in about six weeks, but Monday's setback ended any hopes of returning this year.
Nicoski booted 41 goals last season, and his absence along with fellow small forward Mark LeCras (knee) left a gaping hole in West Coast's attack.
But the arrival of former Bulldogs goalsneak Josh Hill, who has kicked 25.16 this season, and the continued improvement of Ashton Hams have gone some way to filling the void.
However, West Coast are desperate to regain the services of power forward Josh Kennedy, who is racing the clock to be fit in time for the club's finals campaign.
Kennedy injured his ankle in the club's round-five win over Richmond, and hopes to resume playing in about seven weeks.
Nicoski turned to Twitter to reveal his latest injury setback.
"The club and I have chosen to avoid forcing a return this season," Nicoski tweeted.
"It gives me the opportunity to rest it adequately and ensure 2013 is a successful one for myself and WCE.
"Cheers for all the support on here from fans, you've been amazing. Let's get behind the team for finals!"
Third-placed West Coast take on the in-form Kangaroos in Tasmania on Saturday.