Fremantle are bracing to lose a number of key players to significant injury in the aftermath of a ‘chaotic’ 28-point loss to the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
Griffin Logue (concussion) should only miss one game, with Fremantle only playing once in the next fortnight due to the bye, while Nat Fyfe (shoulder), Brennan Cox (hamstring), Sean Darcy (hamstring) and Mitch Crowden (shoulder) will all need scans to determine the severity of their injuries.
Longmuir said he was hoping for the best with Fremantle’s captain, who dislocated his shoulder.
“I think it’s a positive that it popped back in on the field,” Longmuir said.
“He dislocated his shoulder so we will have to get it scanned and see how bad it is.”
Longmuir said that Cox’s hamstring appeared to be more serious than Darcy’s.
“Brennan did his hammy, it doesn’t look positive at this stage,” Longmuir said.
“It looks high grade.
“Potentially (it could be season ending) but we don’t need to go there just yet so we will get it scanned and let you know.
“(Sean Darcy) looks like a hamstring strain.”
Crowden injured his shoulder after taking a brave mark in the final term and converting for a goal.
He appeared sore after landing on his shoulder after taking the flying grab.
“It's his AC joint. He is a bit sore but we think it’s just a normal AC joint at this stage,” Longmuir said.
Longmuir said key forward Matt Taberner was left out of the team as a precaution after not training as well as hoped on Saturday.
“He was close, we just thought that at training yesterday he wasn’t 100 per cent comfortable so we went the conservative approach knowing that if we had have played him and he re-injured it, it could have been worse,” Longmuir said.
“We decided just to give him another week.
“He probably could have got to 80 per cent so it wasn’t worth the risk, he’s such an important player for us and we didn’t want to put him at any further risk.”
Longmuir said that the loss of Fyfe, Darcy and Cox in the space of 90 seconds did affect the group’s ability to stay on task.
"I think they knew the carnage that was going on, and the chaos. When you lose three important players within the space of 90 seconds, it does throw a fair bit of chaos at the game and at the players,” Longmuir said.
“We lost our way for a little bit but I was actually pretty happy with the way we fought it out.
“It could have gotten really ugly at one stage through that chaos we got a couple back (there’s) a couple of areas we need to tidy up.”
“It could have gotten really ugly at one stage through that chaos, we got a couple (goals) back (but there’s) a couple of areas we need to tidy up.”