PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Michael Walters and Harley Bennell of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the NAB Challenge match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats at Domain Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Fremantle recruit Harley Bennell will miss the rest of the season due to complications with a recurring calf injury in his right leg.

Bennell, who had been troubled by a calf injury during the pre-season, performed well in Fremantle’s  NAB Challenge game against Geelong on 12 March before injuring it again playing for Peel in the WAFL the following week.

As a result of aggravating the calf injury playing for Peel, Bennell was subsequently placed on a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

But on Tuesday, after experiencing some discomfort in his right leg, Bennell had an MRI which confirmed that he had suffered a significant “re-tear” of the medial aponuerosis in his calf.

Fremantle’s principal physiotherapist Jeff Boyle said today the club’s decision to rule Bennell out for the rest of the season was based on national and international expert medical advice.