No ‘hot spot’ for Sandilands: Freo
Fremantle has categorically denied reports that ruckman Aaron Sandilands could have a stress fracture in his injured right foot, dismissing fears the All-Australian may be sidelined for the club’s finals campaign.
Sandilands missed last Saturday’s loss to North Melbourne with a heel injury diagnosed by the club as plantar fasciitis, but it was reported on Thursday that he had a ‘hot spot’ in his injured foot and could have a stress fracture.
A club spokesman described the report, on a website tied to Sandilands’ management company, as wrong and categorically denied the competition’s leading ruckman had a stress fracture.
Fremantle is taking a cautious approach with its reigning club champion and the 27-year-old will face a fitness test on Friday after a week of minimal training.
Coach Mark Harvey said on Wednesday that Sandilands had come up quicker than the club expected this week but the injury was difficult to diagnose.
Fremantle will be missing up to six of its best 22 players when it takes on the seventh-placed Swans on Saturday, with key players Chris Tarrant (knee) and Hayden Ballantyne (foot) headlining the injury list.
Ryan Crowley (knee) and Alex Silvagni (groin) also remain sidelined, while Chris Mayne is expected to resume in the WAFL after missing eight matches with an ankle injury.