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Freo to ‘double down’ on youth

Ross Lyon has declared it is time for Fremantle to "double down" on its rebuild and promote more youth

9:38pm  May 27, 2018

Sandi to be monitored for Pies clash

Ross Lyon said the club won't take any risks with the ruckman's concussion

3:35pm  May 27, 2018

Hamling stands tall

An impressive defensive performance from Joel Hamling has allowed Freo to take some positives from Sunday's loss

3:34pm  May 27, 2018

Apeness to bounce back

Travis King, afl.com.au  May 10, 2017 1:40 PM

Michael Apeness in action during the 2017 JLT Community Series.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is confident big man Michael Apeness will overcome an injury-ravaged start to his career and fulfill his potential once he recovers from his latest knee setback.

Apeness, 22, is set for a PCL reconstruction next week and has been ruled out for the rest of the season after hurting his right knee during his WAFL comeback from a left knee problem on Saturday.

The 200cm tall has endured a horror run since he was drafted with pick No.17 in 2013 as a long-term replacement for Matthew Pavlich in attack.

Issues with both knees and a broken collarbone have played a part in restricting Apeness to just seven of a possible 63 games since his debut three years ago.

"It's disappointing for Michael, it's disappointing for us," Lyon said of Apeness' latest setback.

"It puts some pressure on your list, there's no doubt about it as a first-round pick from four years ago.

"You really want those guys to come through, so he'll get there in the end.

"It's just going to take some time."

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