PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Michael Barlow of the Dockers is consoled for his shoulder injury by Tom Sheridan and Lee Spurr during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium on July 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Barlow out for the season, as Ballantyne sent for surgery

Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow will miss the rest of the season after injuring his AC joint in his left shoulder on the weekend.

Barlow suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Dockers’ loss to the Cats on Friday night and will undergo surgery later this week.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Michael Barlow of the Dockers leaves the field with his shoulder strapped during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium on July 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 15: Michael Barlow of the Dockers leaves the field with his shoulder strapped during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium on July 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, forward Hayden Ballantyne will also be sent in for surgery after fracturing his cheekbone late in the second quarter.

Ballantye sustained the injury after laying a tackle, which resulted in a free kick for holding the ball.

Fremantle General manager of football operations Chris  Bond said Ballantyne is expected to be play again this season.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Hayden Ballantyne of the Dockers looks on from the interchange during the round 17 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium on July 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 15: Hayden Ballantyne of the Dockers looks on from the interchange during the round 17 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium on July 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

“We know how determined Hayden will be to get back to playing as soon as possible, and he has a history of doing that, but at this stage we will see how his recovery phase goes and be guided by medical advice to help establish his return date,” Bond said.

“Michael has proven to be incredibly resilient throughout his career when returning from injury, but due to the nature of the recovery and rehabilitation program he will start after surgery, Michael will not be available to play again this season.”

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