Eagle Ryan makes surprise return to training

Liam Ryan lays a tackle on the weekend.

Liam Ryan lays a tackle on the weekend.

West Coast forward Liam Ryan has made a surprise return to training, less than 30 hours after crashing his car into a tree.

Ryan participated in the club's skills session at Subiaco Oval on Tuesday morning.

His appearance came as somewhat of a shock given the events of Monday.

Ryan's car crashed into a tree in Armadale, in Perth's south-east, just before 6am on Monday. He was taken to hospital afterwards for an assessment.

West Coast rallied around Ryan after that, concerned for his mental health. It's been reported that Ryan is going through personal issues.

The immediate playing future of the 21-year-old remains up in the air.

The club is yet to release further details about the crash, and it's unknown if he'll be available for selection for Sunday's clash with GWS at Optus Stadium.


Eagles coach Adam Simpson says the club's priority is making sure Ryan's mental health is ok.

Ryan, who was selected with pick No. 26 at last year's national draft, has played six games for West Coast this season.

After an impressive start, he has managed just two goals in three games since returning from a injury a few weeks ago.

West Coast (10-4) have slipped to third spot following three straight losses, and they will again be without forward trio Josh Kennedy (leg), Jack Darling (ankle), and Mark LeCras (wrist) for at least another week.

The club's struggles up forward is set to open the door for Nathan Vardy to return to the side.

Vardy was sidelined at the start of the year because of a groin injury, but has gradually built up his form in the WAFL over the past six weeks.

Last week, the former Cat tallied 12 disposals, two goals, and 57 hit-outs for East Perth.

Vardy's potential inclusion could cost Fraser McInnes a spot in the side.

McInnes has booted just one goal from three matches this year.


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