Fremantle Dockers sweating on Darcy Tucker’s scans after injury for Peel Thunder in the WAFL

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Peel Thunder's Darcy Tucker breaks a tackle.
Camera IconPeel Thunder's Darcy Tucker breaks a tackle. Credit: Michael Farnell/TheWest

Fremantle may be another wing option down after Darcy Tucker hurt his hand playing for the club’s WAFL affiliate on Saturday.

The versatile midfielder is believed to have sustained the injury late in the opening half of Peel Thunder’s narrow loss to East Fremantle at the WACA Ground on Saturday.

After turning it on before half-time with three majors including to in a red-hot second term, Tucker struggled to have an impact due to the ailment and a heavy tag from Sharks youngster Enrique Aiken-Featherstone who kept him to one disposal after the break.

The 25-year-old will go for scans to determine the extent of the injury but looks in serious doubt for Fremantle’s next match against Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

“Tucker had a hand problem which made it hard to compete in the second half,” Thunder coach Geoff Valentine said.

“It happened at the end of the second quarter. We tried to wrap it up and give it a bit of support but it did impact his ability to compete with tackling and those sort of things.

“He gave us a rotation but we weren’t able to get much drive out of those wings in the third quarter and in the end we put him into the half-back line.

“It’s one of those metacarpals they were a little bit concerned with but we won’t fully know until we see the X-ray report.”

Tucker, who has played 11 AFL games this season but was dropped after being medical substitute against Hawthorn in round 11, was one of three options considered to replace hamstrung winger Blake Acres for Saturday’s clash against Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

The Dockers instead opted to recall silky-skilled youngster Liam Henry after his best-afield performance in the WAFL the previous week, while also trialling usual half-back Ethan Hughes in that role.

Hughes had 18 disposals in the loss to the Blues and Henry had 15 and a goal.

First-year wingman Karl Worner finished the game with ice on his left quad but Valentine said that was just a corky.

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