Nat Fyfe will undergo season-ending surgery after sustaining a shoulder injury in Fremantle’s loss to Sydney at Metricon Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Freo skipper was injured just prior to half-time in a ground ball contest with Sydney’s Josh Kennedy and Sam Wicks.
It’s the same right shoulder that Fyfe dislocated in round 12 against the Western Bulldogs, missing three weeks before returning in round 16 to face Carlton.
Experienced midfielder/forward Michael Walters also sustained a hamstring injury just after half-time.
Longmuir said in his post-match media conference that Fyfe would likely require the season-ending surgery, while it would be a tough ask for Walters to return by season’s end.
“To lose your captain before halftime is not ideal,” Longmuir said.
“That shoulder looks like it's the same injury he’s had this year and been playing with.
“The likelihood is he will probably go into surgery I’d imagine now that he has had a re-injure of it, his season might be done.
“Sonny’s got a hammy, so we'll get it scanned…we're getting close to the end of the year now as well, so he's going to cut it fine to get back this year.”
Longmuir said the decision was made not to risk key defender Alex Pearce after he was sent down to the rooms in the final quarter to be assessed after a head knock.
“He got a head knock, and then had to do the 20-minute protocol,” Pearce said.
“The game situation just wasn't worth risking him and putting him back out there.
“I haven’t caught up with the doctors to see what the actual injury is yet.
“I'm not sure whether it was concussion or not, but he definitely had the assessment and we weren't willing to risk him.”
The signs for fellow defender Luke Ryan look promising following an incident with Sydney forward Lance Franklin, while Longmuir also addressed the re-injury of a hamstring by Stephen Hill while playing for Peel in Saturday’s WAFL clash with Claremont.
“I think Luke has just got a sore jaw, I haven't spoken to him or the doctors about it,” Longmuir said.
“I saw him checking out his jaw, we’ll see how he pulls up…but I don't think there's anything too severe there.
“We haven't got a result back from (Hill’s) scan yet, but it looks like he's re-injured his hamstring which is disappointing.”