In-form Fremantle defender Alex Pearce has been ruled out for three weeks after breaking his thumb in Sunday’s three-point win over Adelaide at Optus Stadium.
But with the Dockers’ bye coming up next week, the 23-year-old could miss as little as two matches before returning in round 16 against Melbourne in Darwin.
Pearce hurt his thumb in the opening term against the Crows but bravely played out the match, a feat which drew praise from coach Ross Lyon.
“Alex has had surgery to repair his thumb,” Dockers high performance manager Jason Weber told the club website.
“He was tough enough to play through but unfortunately, we had to go to surgery to get it repaired.
“Hopefully, according to the surgeon we can turn it around in three weeks.”
Veteran Michael Johnson has accepted his one-match rough conduct ban in the WAFL, meaning he’s also unavailable for Saturday’s clash against Carlton at Etihad Stadium.
Youngster Griffin Logue was another casualty from Peel Thunder’s three-point win over West Perth in Mandurah, hurting his ankle.
Lyon revealed the promising backman was expected two miss eight weeks.
Fellow defender Taylin Duman looks the most likely replacement for Pearce, but will have to pass a fitness test first after hurting his back in a bizarre incident on Sunday.
Duman was a late withdrawal from Fremantle’s last match after slipping a disk in his back getting out of his car at Optus Stadium.
The Dockers will be boosted by the return of Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe, who returns from suspension.
Veteran ruckman Aaron Sandilands is also a chance to take on the Blues after missing the past two games with concussion, but the team will be without livewire Michael Walters who copped a one-match striking ban.
“Aaron’s passed all his KPI’s now,” Weber said.
“He trained strongly with our WAFL group this morning and we anticipate him being available for match committee.”
Luckless midfielder Harley Bennell (calf) and young tall Sean Darcy (knee) are also listed as tests, but will return through the WAFL.
FREMANTLE INJURY LIST
Aaron Sandilands (concussion): test
Harley Bennell (calf): test
Sean Darcy (knee): test
Taylin Duman (back): test
Bradley Hill (knee): 1 week
Brady Grey (hamstring): 1 week
Alex Pearce (thumb): 3 weeks
Sam Switkowski (hamstring): 3 weeks
Lee Spurr (knee): TBA
Stephen Hill (quad): TBA
Griffin Logue (ankle): TBA
Matt Taberner (foot): TBA