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Fremantle Dockers forward Michael Walters becomes latest injury casualty in western derby carnage

All-Australian forward Michael Walters looms another injury victim of a brutal pre-season derby, with the Fremantle star in doubt for Round 1 after appearing to injure his right hamstring.

Walters pulled up proppy late in the third term of the Optus Stadium clash and immediately hobbled to the sidelines.

He walked straight down to the rooms with the assistance of a trainer.

The 30-year-old had moments earlier tried to take a high-flying grab over Jeremy McGovern at half-forward before the setback.

Walters watched the final term from the bench with ice on his right hamstring.

It followed a knee injury to forward / ruck Rory Lobb in the game’s opening stages, with both key pieces now appearing unlikely to feature in the Dockers’ season opener against Melbourne at the MCG in just 13 days.

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Walters (15 goals) and Lobb (10) were among Fremantle’s top five goalkickers last season.

Both WA sides were left battered and bruised after a tough derby hit-out, with Eagles recruit Zac Langdon leaving the ground on a stretcher after being concussed in a head clash with Nat Fyfe.

Walters’ injury came just moments after Langdon’s sickening clash with the dual Brownlow medallist.

Fyfe and Langdon’s heads clashed at full speed, with Fyfe remarkably appearing largely unaffected while Langdon was significantly worse for wear.

Play was suspended for a lengthy period while the former Giant was helped off the field on the stretcher.

Under new concussion protocols, players require a mandatory 12-day period on the sidelines following a head knock.

West Coast’s season opener against Gold Coast is in 14 days’ time.

Eagles skipper Luke Shuey also spent time on the sidelines with trainers before three-quarter time, but started the final term on the field.

Brad Sheppard and Bailey Banfield both came off worse for wear after a collision in the final term, with a diving Sheppard copping a knee to the head that caused him to come off bleeding.

Banfield limped off with a leg complaint.

Mitch Crowden’s day ended early due to an ankle injury.

The match proved to be incredibly costly for both sides, less than a fortnight from their respective season openers.

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