State defender Graham Jetta will miss Swan Districts' critical round-18 match against East Fremantle after accepting a one-game suspension for rough conduct.
Jetta was reported for a high bump on Claremont's Ian Richardson during the match between the WAFL's top two teams last Saturday.
His absence could not come at a worse time for Swans, who will slump to third place this weekend after losing their past two matches and a host of vital players to injury.
Swans' bye this weekend means they will drop to third behind the Tigers and the winner of the match between East Fremantle and East Perth on Saturday. But the following week's game looms as one of the most important of the season with Swans needing a victory to strengthen their claims to a second semifinal berth.
No team has won the WAFL flag from the first semifinal since Swans did so nearly 30 years ago in 1983.
Swans hope to have 2010 premiership players Ashley Hansen (hamstring), Tallan Ames (toe), Tim Geappen (knee) and Wayde Twomey (knee) fit to take on the Sharks.
Jetta, the brother of Sydney star Lewis, was also a key element in that flag victory and has played the past two State matches as one of the WAFL's most reliable small defenders.Jetta's decision to accept the one-match ban came after the WAFL Tribunal suspended West Perth's Brent LeCras and Peel's Matt Orzel for two games each for similar bumps earlier this year.