Peel were saddened but not surprised when youngster Viv Michie was ruled out of action for the rest of the season after suffering a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his right foot.

Michie had been complaining to Thunder officials about a sore foot for several weeks and was struggling to run out games as the pain increased after half-time.

Michie’s stats paint a clear picture of a player battling to maintain his impact late in games though, as a teenager in his first season of senior footy, that is hardly unusual.

The Oakleigh junior, who was taken at No.44 in last year’s draft, had 14 possessions in the first half against West Perth before adding just three in the second, 12 against Swans including seven in the first half, a brilliant 16 in the first half against East Fremantle before getting just five more and 12 in the first half against East Perth before fading to finish with 18 for the match.

While Peel were aware that Michie was unhappy with his foot injury, the Dockers were unable to find a cause of the pain and cleared him to continue playing.

He will now have his foot in a cast for up to two months in a bid to allow the fracture to heal.

But navicular fractures are notoriously difficult to cure and many athletes – including former Essendon champion James Hird – needed to have a screw inserted into the bone at the top of the foot before they overcame the setback.

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