Rory Lobb will miss the rest of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The forward/ruck last played for Fremantle against Geelong in round 18, where he was subbed off at half time with the injury.
Executive general manager of football Peter Bell said the call was made to undertake surgery when it became clear that Lobb would not recover in time to play again in 2021.
“Following some light mobilisation work this week, Rory’s ankle became further inflamed and sore,” Bell said.
“After consulting with the surgeon it was decided that the surgery planned for the off-season should be brought forward.
“While this means Rory’s 2021 season is over, we are pleased that the surgery went as planned and he can now use this time to recover and get himself in the best possible shape for the start of our pre-season.”