Fremantle Docker Sam Switkowski won't join his side as they travel to Melbourne in Round 15 as he deals with a back injury.

The club have confirmed that the forward has a stress fracture in his back and will be unavailable for the Saturday afternoon clash against Carlton, but gave no clear time frame on his return.

The 25-year-old suffered a similar injury in 2020 that kept him sidelined the entire season. Switkowski has played ten games so far this season, missing two through suspension, kicking 11 goals.

Executive general manager of football Peter Bell gave an update on Switkowski, confirming he will miss at least Round 15 after Fremantle return from the bye.

“Sam will require a period of non-running followed by a repeat scan before being cleared to progress in his return to training,” Bell said.

“It is not possible to ascertain an exact time frame with this type of injury.

“It is disappointing that we will be without Sam for a period of time, as he is an integral part of our team and one of our best trademark players.

“We also know that Sam will attack his reconditioning with the same professionalism and purpose that he has demonstrated in all aspects of his career.”

Fremantle head into the bye in third position with a 10-3 record. After Carlton, the Dockers will face Port Adelaide and St Kilda as they begin their run towards finals.