Injuries again stall key-forwards’ AFL season for the Dockers.
Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich will go under the knife again to have his left Achilles tendon repaired and is expected to miss at least the next month.
Pavlich had surgery on the area in the off-season along with procedures to correct hip and back complaints, however, it is his left foot that is causing the greatest concern for Fremantle.
Normally one of the best forwards in the competition, Pavlich has struggled through the first three games of the season in the wake of the surgeries.
So far this season, Pavlich has only averaged 13 disposals compared to 24 and 17 in the previous two seasons.
The six-time All-Australian is also down in his production of kicks and handballs, while most worryingly for the Dockers’ season fortunes, Pavlich has only kicked two goals to date.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said it was better his centre half-forward have the surgery now and be right hopefully for a run at the flag later in the year.