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Western Bulldogs defeat Fremantle, Nat Fyfe goes down

The Fremantle Dockers have been ravaged by injuries while going down to the Western Bulldogs in Perth.

The Dockers went into tonight’s match at Optus Stadium as underdogs but kept scores close all night before injuries ultimately got the better of them as the Bulldogs claimed victory, 13.15 (93) to 9.11 (65).

Fremantle finished the match with four players unable to take to the field. Brennan Cox and ruckman Sean Darcy succumbing to hamstring injuries, while Griffin Logue was subbed out during the third quarter with a concussion before superstar Nat Fyfe fell victim to a shoulder injury.

“Three major injuries in 30 seconds for the Dockers,” Eddie McGuire said in commentary during the fourth quarter.

Gerard Healy added: “This is carnage, this is a club that’s about to become crippled by injury. Fighting their way through this for the next month is going to be very, very difficult.”

Photographers captured the moment Fyfe, who had come off second best in a collision with Taylor Duryea, looked to be in some discomfort while being assessed by club trainers.

The injury to the two-time Brownlow medallist appeared to be his right shoulder, the same one he had reconstructed at the end of 2019.

“Fyfe dislocated his shoulder but he’ll have to get it scanned and we’ll find out,” Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir said after the match.

Even before the game started, the Dockers were hit with a late injury when Matt Taberner had to be replaced by Connor Blakely.

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