HORSHAM Saints' product Darcy Tucker faces an extended stint on the sidelines after suffering a significant hamstring injury.
Playing in Perth's torrential rain, Tucker went down in the opening minutes of Monday night's contest against Geelong.
The 23-year-old will now undergo a "surgical review" to determine the extent of the injury.
Fremantle general manager Peter Bell said further surgery was likely, putting the young Docker's season in doubt.
"Based on the scan, it looks to be a long-term injury for Darcy," Bell said on the Dockers' website.
"However we will be better placed to determine the length of his injury rehabilitation after he has consulted with the surgeon."
It is a cruel blow for Tucker who was putting together a career-best season.
The former Horsham Saint had solidified himself as a mainstay in Fremantle's midfield group, averaging 15 disposals per game in shortened 16-minute quarters.
A season highlight came in round five, where the Dockers held a slim lead against a pressing Adelaide Crows.
With just three minutes left on the clock, Tucker found the ball at half-back and was crunched by a would-be tackler.
Tucker stood up strong in the contest and bounced away from his opponent, flicking out a handball and starting a rapid forward transition.
"Tucker ran into a brick wall, but he bounced off like a rubber ball!" said play-by-play commentator Dwayne Russell.
Tucker then put his head down and ran the length of the field to finish the transition, marking 45 metres out from goal.
Up against the boundary line and with the clock ticking down, Tucker coolly split the big sticks for the game-sealing six points, helping Fremantle to its first win of the season.
The Dockers have won just two games this season and sit in 16th place on the ladder heading into round nine.
"A few tagging roles last year got me a sniff in the midfield and I was rotating half-forward last year, but this year I was training full-time midfield and I was prepared to have a big year," he said.
"I feel like (the midfield) is where I play my best footy."
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