“Gone are the days where you shut down five or six of your players because the finals are around the corner.”
West Coast last week overcame their injury woes to stage a fighting win over St Kilda and this week welcome back Sheed and Brendon Ah Chee, while Bailey Williams was picked to support Nick Naitanui in the ruck and Luke Foley earned an AFL debut.
“If everyone’s fit they’ll play, if anyone’s sore they won’t – that’s sort of our motto this week,” Simpson said.
Meanwhile, the likely return date for Yeo, listed as a two to three week prospect, hasn’t been established.
“It’s a slow process with these groins, and unfortunately I’ve gone through that too back in my playing days. There’s no timeframe, it’s just when it starts to feel a bit better you can advance,” Simpson said.
“We shut him down for a couple of weeks, our plan was to reintroduce him to training and some straight-line running. He hasn’t gone past that phase yet.
“Obviously we won’t risk ‘Yeoey’ for his longer-term future, but at the same time if we can get him up for this final series then we’ll definitely do so.”
North Melbourne dropped Wood and left out the injured midfielder Aiden Bonar while Tom Murphy and Sam Durdin were included.