Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe will miss the Docker’s AFL clash with Carlton after being heavily concussed in his team’s 31-point win over Greater Western Sydney in Perth.
Fyfe left dazed and confused after copping a high bump from Giants big man Sam Reid late in the third quarter of the 11.21 (87) to 7.14 (56) win at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
The two-time Brownlow medallist was watching the ball after his teammate dropped a mark when Reid came in to collect him.
Fyfe, who had tallied 1.2 from 15 disposals playing as a permanent forward, was helped off the field by trainers before being subbed out of the game.
The incident is sure to be looked at by match review officer Michael Christian given the serious and high impact of the bump when not in possession of the ball.
Fyfe has a history of concussion, and has gone on record to say it is an injury that he is acutely aware of given its potential long-term effects.
Dockers coach Justin Longmuir said he wasn’t sure when Fyfe would return, but the skipper will miss at least the Carlton game on Sunday due to the AFL’s 12-day protocol for all concussions.
“He’s good in the change rooms now, he’s up and about,” Longmuir said.
“He’s getting around his teammates. We subbed him out of the game. What that means for the next couple of weeks, I’m not sure.
“We tread carefully with all concussions, and he won’t be passed fit to play before he ticks every box with our doctors. That’s the same with every player.”
David Mundy has wound back the clock with 35 disposals, six clearances, and 15 score involvements in a best afield display.
The 35-year-old was a class above throughout the match, and was particularly damaging in the first half when he racked up 21 disposals, six clearances, and seven score involvements.
Fellow midfielder Andrew Brayshaw (32 disposals, two goals) was also crucial.
Sunday’s result saw the Giants slump to a 0-2 record, and on current form they appear destined for a second straight season without finals action.
The Giants posted a wayward 1.9 (15) in the first half, with their sloppy execution in front of goal costing them dearly.
The lead ballooned out to 47 points late in the third quarter, and GWS will need to improve drastically if they are to beat in-form Melbourne next Sunday.
Giants coach Leon Cameron rued his team’s lack of fight in the clinches, with Fremantle winning the contested possession count 145-113.
“We were disappointed with the contest and method,” Cameron said.
“We pride ourselves on that. Clearly we got pretty beaten up in that area and they hunted after us.
“Their mids probably put our mids to the sword. Our ball use was not up to scratch.”