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Dockers blow with Sandilands out for eight weeks
Aaron Sandilands. Pic: Getty Images

Fremantle have been dealt a massive blow before the start of the new AFL season with the damaging news that ruck star Aaron Sandilands will be out for up to two months.

Scans have confirmed Sandilands sustained a partial tear to his hamstring tendon during Saturday night’s NAB Cup match against Geelong, meaning he is likely to miss the first three rounds of the AFL season.

Although coach Ross Lyon was confident on the weekend the player would make round one, the club today issued a statement saying he will be sidelined for up to eight weeks despite not needing surgery.

Sandilands will be absent for the remainder of the NAB Cup campaign and probably the opening AFL games against West Coast, Brisbane and Essendon.

Sandilands has been blighted by injury in recent seasons, including "turf toe".

“Its certainly unfortunate that Aaron will be out for an extended period of time, but we have great confidence in our structures and players to be able to fill the role,” general manager football operations Chris Bond said.

The Dockers' cover in the ruck department includes Jon Griffin, Zac Clarke, Kepler Bradley and new draft recruit Craig Moller.