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Fremantle Dockers veteran Michael Johnson cops one-match ban in the WAFL

Fremantle have one less option to replace injured defender Alex Pearce for Saturday’s clash against Carlton at Etihad Stadium after veteran Michael Johnson was offered a one-game ban in the WAFL.

Johnson was cited for rough conduct on West Perth’s Jordan Mills in the first quarter of Peel Thunder’s thrilling three-point win over West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday.

The 33-year-old, who hasn’t played at AFL level since getting axed after Fremantle’s round 10 loss to North Melbourne, can accept the one-game penalty with an early guilty plea.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact.

It capped off a disappointing day for Johnson, who was swung from the forward-line to defence but had little impact.

Griffin Logue was another casualty in the WAFL on Saturday, with the second-year defender facing a long stint on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Pearce is expected to miss several weeks after suffering a broken thumb in the Dockers’ three-point victory over Adelaide on Optus Stadium on Sunday.

The in-form backman showed great courage to play out the match, but will require surgery to correct the injury.

“He played on without an injection so he’s a pretty tough kid,” Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said.

“I don’t know how many people could do that. They will have to pin it, there’s a bit going on there. He will probably miss a number of weeks I would think.”

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