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Key defensive duo sidelined



Fremantle's key position stocks have been further depleted, with both Alex Pearce and Joel Hamling ruled out for multiple weeks on Monday.


Pearce has been ruled out for two months with a medial ligament sustained early in the second quarter of his side's round one loss to Melbourne, the latest injury concern of a career that has been limited to 54 games across seven seasons.


Hamling will miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle ligament injury, an injury complicated by a piece of bone being pulled away from his ankle, accoring to executive general manager of football Peter Bell.


"it’s his left ankle…the deltoid ligament on the inside of the ankle," Bell said of Hamling's ailment.


“It’s a little bit more complicated because Joel’s also pulled a small piece of bone away from the ankle as well, so he’ll be in a moon boot for a couple of weeks and then we’ll reassess from there.”


He also confirmed the severity of Pearce's latest injury setback.


“Unfortunately, Alex sustained a medial ligament injury,” Bell said.


“He’s had a really unlucky run for a long period of time now. Alex will be in a knee brace for four weeks, at which point we’ll reassess after the brace comes off.


Darcy Tucker is still 2-3 weeks away from returning from a hamstring injury sustained last weekend, leaving Fremantle with 17 players on their injury list heading in to their clash with the Giants in round two.


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