Fremantle are likely to be without their leading goal-kicker Matt Taberner for Sunday’s clash against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval after scans revealed “minor ligament damage” in his right ankle.
Taberner’s remarkable multiple goal-kicking streak came to an end on Saturday night when he was subbed out in the third term of the Dockers’ hard-fought win over Sydney at Optus Stadium with one goal to his name.
The key forward, who is enjoying a career-best season with 27 majors in 10 games, will be vital for Fremantle’s hopes of upsetting the Power on their home turf.
“Matt wrenched his ankle in the game against Sydney,” Fremantle general manager of football Peter Bell said.
“He’s pulled up quite sore, we sent him off for scans which just showed some wear and tear mainly with some minor ligament damage.
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“He’ll be really closely monitored during the week and he’ll be a test for this weekend.”
The news is better for midfielder Andrew Brayshaw, who is firming for a return after missing the Swans win with a calf injury.
“Andrew had a really low-grade calf strain that unfortunately kept him out of the game against Sydney, we’re very optimistic that he’ll be available for Port Adelaide,” Bell said.
Bell also gave a positive update on Alex Pearce, whose injury return in the WAFL for Peel Thunder in Mandurah on Saturday was ruined by “ankle awareness”.
The club is hopeful the injury-prone defender would play at some level this round.
“Alex just had some awareness in the old site from the ankle injury sustained back in 2019,” Bell said.
“Clearly, with Alex’s history we were really conservative with that.
“The early signs are quite positive, but we’ll continue to talk to the specialist, and we’ll just see how he goes over the next few days.
“We’re hopeful that he’ll be fine to continue with some more minutes this week.”
The Dockers also confirmed winger Brett Bewley, who didn’t play at any level last weekend, suffered a low-grade calf injury at training during the week.
“He will most likely miss this week but hopefully be available the week after,” Bell said.