HULKING Fremantle youngster Sean Darcy is facing the prospect of an extended period on the sidelines after damaging the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The 19-year-old ruckman was on crutches at Dockers headquarters on Tuesday morning after sustaining the injury in a marking contest while playing for Peel last Saturday.
“He came down hard, got a knock to the lateral side of his knee,” said Fremantle high performance manager Jason Weber.
“He’s damaged the PCL ligament in his knee, he’s going to be quite a number of weeks at this stage.”
“We’re waiting to ascertain how long that will be based on how he presents.”
“He’s up and going at the moment. He’s walking around, all be it in a brace, (but he’s) very positive and we’re looking forward to getting him back on the field.”
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon had hoped to experiment with Darcy alongside veteran Aaron Sandilands, but those plans will have to be shelved for the time being.
Meanwhile, injury-ravaged big man Michael Apeness – who tore his PCL last March – has escaped serious damage to his ankle playing for the Thunder.
“Originally we thought (the injury) would be quite significant, but he’s worked very hard over the past 72 hours,” Weber said.
“We’re hopeful we can get him to a test on Thursday and see if we can get him up for the game on the weekend.
The Dockers will again be without reigning Doig medal winner Brad Hill for Saturday’s meeting with Greater Western Sydney at UNSW Oval in Canberra due to a knee complaint.
“At this stage, it’s a day-by-day proposition. He’s continuing to improve, so we’re looking forward to hopefully getting him on the track next week,” Weber said.