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Dockers recruit to miss half of season
Dockers recruit to miss half of season

Scott Gumbleton's injury woes just got worse with Fremantle confirming their key off-season signing will be sidelined for 12 weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Dockers reported today that scans revealed Gumbleton had torn the muscle during the NAB Challenge match with Western Bulldogs on Wednesday.

The diagnosis was made by a specialist in Melbourne, who recommended the former Essendon big man would miss half the 2014 season.

General manager of football operations Chris Bond said it was a blow for Gumbleton after the WA product had gone through the pre-season training program without incident.

β€œIt’s very frustrating for Scott given the preparation he has had. At this stage we expect that he will miss the next 12 weeks,” Bond said.

It is a big blow for the Dockers, who traded for Gumbleton at the end of last season.

Fremantle had hoped Gumbleton could help solve a deficiency of talls in the forward line.

But Gumbleton has had a history of injury issues during his time in the AFL. The 25-year-old has played 35 matches since his debut with the Bombers in 2007.

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