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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fremantle Dockers spate of soft-tissue injuries ‘just bad luck’

Fremantle will review their spate of soft-tissue injuries, but are unlikely to find a clear cause, according to sports doctor Peter Larkins.
Michael Walters is the latest key Docker to go down, succumbing to a season-ending hamstring injury late in the 29-point win over Carlton at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
Fremantle will travel to Geelong to take on the Cats on Saturday minus a host of key players, with Nat Fyfe (ham-string) and Aaron Sandilands (calf) considered unlikely to return.
Key defender Joel Hamling has missed the past two games with a calf injury and is no certainty to play.
Fyfe has missed six games with his hamstring injury, while Sandilands sat out two games through concussion before injuring a calf in the warm-up in round 15.
Stephen Hill is having his fifth stint on the sidelines because of recurring quad issues.
Michael Apeness, Sam Switkowski, Cam Sutcliffe and Brady Grey have had hamstring injuries this season, while prized teenager Andrew Brayshaw missed two weeks with a groin problem before his season was ended with a broken jaw.
Connor Blakely (knee), Brad-ley Hill (knee), Sean Darcy (knee), Matt Taberner (foot), Hugh Dixon (ankle), Lee Spurr (knee) and Griffin Logue (foot-ankle) have also had lengthy periods out.
Coach Ross Lyon bemoaned the club’s injury toll on Sunday night, conceding every team would love to have the sort of availability enjoyed by reigning premiers Richmond over the past two seasons.
Larkins said it was as much about good luck as good management.
“It’s hard to pick a fault,” Larkins said. “Some clubs have a good year one year and a bad year the next. When you have a bad season it is often just without explanation.
“Freo would be worried, as any club would be that has a high soft-tissue injury rate.
“When you have a whole bunch of your star players that are out, you start wondering if your club is doing something wrong. They will look at weights training and they’ll look at recovery.
“I’d just be saying to Ross, put it down to a bad year and hopefully you are not going to have another one.”