Fremantle midfielder Adam Cerra is expected to miss around a month of football after scans confirmed a syndesmosis injury to his right ankle.
Cerra sustained the injury during Fremantle’s win against Adelaide on Sunday and he was subbed out after quarter time and replaced by Mitch Crowden.
General manager of football operations and performance Joe Brierty said the injury was on the minor side.
“It’s a low-grade syndesmosis injury and we expect that he’ll be out for around three to four weeks,” Brierty said.
“He’ll be in a moon boot for a week. Next week he’ll likely get out of that and commence some functionality testing and, hopefully, transition back into football from there.”
Key defenders Joel Hamling (ankle) and Alex Perace (knee) are on the mend with Hamling slightly ahead of Pearce in his recovery.
“Joel is commencing some high-speed on-field running now,” Brierty said.
“We anticipate him being back for round eight. We’ll wait and see how he progresses but we’ll transition him into the football program over the next two weeks.
“Alex is going really well as well. He was out of the brace last week, which was fantastic for him. He’s done a couple of Alter-G sessions and today he completed his first on-field running session of around five kilometres.
“We’ll monitor him over the next couple weeks and he’ll transition into the football program over that period.”
Midfielder Brett Bewley is a chance to make his return to football in the WAFL when Peel take on Claremont on Saturday at David Grays Arena.
“It’s great for Brett, we’re anticipating him playing limited minutes in the WAFL,” Brierty said.
“It’s really exciting for Brett to be back playing footy. He’s been really diligent in all of his reconditioning, so it’s great to have him back out there.”
Midfielder Darcy Tucker is also expected to build in the WAFL after making his return from a hamstring injury in the reserves against South Fremantle last Saturday.
“Darcy was fantastic in his reserves effort at Peel, he had 32 disposals on limited minutes,” Brierty said.
“We’ll progress that again this week and increase his loading again. From our perspective, we’re really positive for Darcy over the weekend.”
ENVISION MEDICAL IMAGING INJURY UPDATE
Brett Bewley (groin) – Test
Joel Hamling (ankle) – 2 weeks
Alex Pearce (knee) – 3 weeks
Adam Cerra (ankle) – 3-4 weeks
Sam Switkowski (finger) – 5 weeks
Hayden Young (hamstring) – 8-10 weeks
Stephen Hill (hamstring) - TBA