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West Coast back Lycett to replace Naitanui

  • West Coast back Lycett to replace Naitanui

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 10: Scott Lycett of the Eagles and Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos contest a boundary throw in during the round 16 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Domain Stadium on July 10, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

West Coast forward Josh Kennedy says it was devastating to hear about Nic Naitanui's knee injury, but he's backing ruckman Scott Lycett to fill the void.

Naitanui is set to spend up to a year on the AFL sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during the Eagles' 25-point win over Hawthorn.

Lycett will fill the No.1 ruck role, and Kennedy says the team can't afford to dwell on the injury going into Friday night's clash with the Crows in Adelaide.

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