WEST Perth key position player Nick Rodda could miss the rest of the season if he can’t play through a thumb injury suffered against Perth in the WAFL last week.
Coach Bill Monaghan initially thought surgery to repair ligament damage would be a four-to-six week recovery but a surgeon told them Rodda would be out for at least four months if he went under the knife.
The injury is on his non-preferred left hand.
Rodda was named in the team against East Fremantle last night, with Monaghan saying “we’re going to give it a go” to see if he could endure the injury and hold off surgery until after the season.
It would not be the first time the WA representative has played through discomfort.
In the 2015 grand final against Subiaco, Rodda featured with a fracture in his leg, a hindrance the Falcons did not reveal until after the season.
West Perth has been performing strongly of late, despite a lengthy injury list, which includes Chris Keunen, Steven Browne, Joe Morrow, Ben King, Matt Guadagnin and Steve Potente.