April 25 AAP – Nat Fyfe’s hopes of winning back-to-back Brownlow Medals appears over after the star Fremantle midfielder re-injured the leg he broke last year.
Fyfe faces a nervous wait on scans after hurting his left leg while being slung into the artificial turf during Sunday’s four-point AFL loss to Carlton.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon revealed the injury was in the same spot where Fyfe had a plate inserted into his leg last year after breaking it during the preliminary final loss to Hawthorn.
Fyfe was on crutches after the game, and Lyon said the injury didn’t look good.
“We’re really concerned in relation to where he’s got his plate in his broken leg,” Lyon said.
Fyfe edged out Matt Priddis to win the 2015 Brownlow.
But his injury will boost this year’s Brownlow hopes of Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell, and Sydney’s Luke Parker – among others.
Fyfe’s setback comes at the worst possible time for Fremantle, who are rock bottom at 0-5 and face the in-form Crows at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Defender Michael Johnson (knee) and goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne (leg) are in doubt for the match, but skipper David Mundy is ready to return from a calf injury.
Lyon admits he needs to go back to the drawing board after his side’s horror start to the year.
The 10th-year coach described the loss to Carlton as one of the most disappointing he’s ever experienced, citing horror turnovers and poor decision making as his team’s undoing.
Lyon is contracted to the club until 2020, but he faces a fight to rebuild a team that has been devoid of confidence this season.
“The brand we wanted to build, we haven’t built. We’ve built something totally different,” Lyon said.
“So it’s back to the drawing board, clearly.
“But I see it as a formidable challenge and one I’m really keen to accept and work with the club over the ensuing weeks and ensuing seasons to make sure we can play some really good football.”