Dockers dealt more injury blows in AFL

Fremantle have suffered more injury setbacks with Sam Sturt, Ethan Hughes and Heath Chapman sidelined, and Joel Hamling's return further delayed.

Fremantle's horror injury run has continued with Sam Sturt, Joel Hamling, Bailey Banfield, Ethan Hughes and Heath Chapman receiving bad news.

The Dockers will seek specialist advice after Sturt injured his knee while playing in the WAFL. No timeline has been set for his return.

Hamling hasn't played since injuring his ankle in round one and the Dockers hoped he would return within the next fortnight.

But a recent scan showed his recovery hadn't progressed as was hoped, with a timeline for his return still to be determined.

Hughes and Chapman injured their shoulders in last week's loss to West Coast, with the pair now set for a yet-to-be-determined stint on the sidelines.

Banfield is also set for another frustrating break after re-injuring his ankle in the WAFL.

All-Australian defender Luke Ryan will miss another week with a minor calf injury.

Sam Switkowski (finger) and Alex Pearce (ankle) are expected to return to playing duties next week while midfielder Adam Cerra is expected to return within the next fortnight.

Veteran Stephen Hill (hamstring) is still listed as being five to six weeks away from returning.

Defender Hayden Young (hamstring) will miss up to eight more weeks.