Fremantle have copped another major blow ahead of their grand final rematch against Hawthorn at the MCG on Friday night, with key midfielder Michael Barlow ruled out with a knee injury.
The club this morning accepted a two-match ban against star on-baller Nat Fyfe and a one-match suspension for key defender Zac Dawson, weakening them for the Hawks clash.
But then the Dockers revealed on their website that Barlow would miss between four and six weeks after suffering a lateral sprain in a ligament in his left knee.
Fremantle football operations manager Chris Bond said Barlow suffered the injury during the last quarter of the Dockers' 48-point win over the Gold Coast Suns, but the mature-age recruit played out the game and was one of his side’s best with 32 possessions and two goals.
“He played out the rest of the game and as we all know had a huge effect on the game and then woke up the next morning a bit sore,” he said.
“He got the MRI scan that day.”
Barlow took to Twitter today to put a positive spin on the injury.
"Glass half full approach. Word has it that my speed and agility won't be affected with this sideline stint..phew," he said.
Hawthorn are also likely to be missing some stars, with Sam Mitchell, Luke Hodge and Brad Sewell all in doubt.