Docker Alex Pearce undergoes surgery on season-ending broken leg


Alex Pearce is helped from the ground in the final quarter of Fremantle’s loss to Richmond on Saturday. Picture Will Russell/AFL Media
Alex Pearce is helped from the ground in the final quarter of Fremantle’s loss to Richmond on Saturday. Picture Will Russell/AFL Media

EMERGING defender Alex Pearce has undergone surgery to repair a broken leg.

The 20-year-old suffered the season-ending injury in Fremantle’s 38-point loss to Richmond on Saturday night.

Fremantle’s general manager of football operations Chris Bond said Pearce would be off his feet for at least six weeks.

“After that six week period, we will be better placed to provide a time frame for Alex’s return but he will miss the rest of the season,” he said.

“It’s extremely disappointing for Alex, his family and our members and supporters but he is a very resilient young man and will respond in the best possible way.”

Pearce, drafted with pick 37 in the 2013 National Draft, has been one of few shining lights for the club, following a winless two months of football.

He joins Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe and Gold Coast recruit Harley Bennell on the sidelines for the remainder of 2016.

Captain David Mundy (calf) and Stephen Hill (adductor) remain uncertain starters for Saturday’s clash with St Kilda.