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Season over for Freo stars, Franklin to face MRO scrutiny


Both Fremantle and Sydney are set to lose personell after their Round 19 clash on Sunday.

While the Swans won convincingly by 40 points, superstar forward Lance Franklin is likely to come under MRO scrutiny for elbowing Dockers defender Luke Ryan in the head.

The incident occurred midway through the second term, with Franklin throwing his arm back in frustration after being tackled by Ryan deep in the forward pocket.

The potential loss of Franklin could come as a blow to the Swans’ top-four hopes and his personal chances of reaching 1000 goals in 2021.

For the Dockers, their day was marred by bad health, losing stars Nat Fyfe and Michael Walters to injury.

Fremantle confirmed that Fyfe will head in for season ending surgery on his troublesome right shoulder, which he injured again just before half-time in a ground ball contest with Sydney’s Josh Kennedy and Sam Wicks.

Walters could also be joining Fyfe on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, with the club confirming he strained his hamstring in the third quarter.

Coach Justin Longmuir said post-match that Walters will have to “cut it fine” to return before the year finishes with just four rounds remaining.

Fremantle Sydney Swans

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