Fremantle captain Alex Pearce will be sent for scans on his left forearm after an awkward fall during a contest with Gold Coast's Sam Day.

Just before the three-quarter time break, Pearce can be seen breaking his fall by overextending his left arm, which was caught underneath Day.

The Dockers skipper was subsequently subbed out of the game but coach Justin Longmuir was quick not to rule him out of Round 16's clash with Sydney.

"He's got a sore arm. It's all I can give you at the moment, we haven't had an update from the doc," Longmuir said on post-match.

"Clearly he was worried about it coming off but I don't think the docs found anything clear-cut. So we'll have to wait and see how it pulls up and see whether it needs a scan.

"Not ruling Pearcey out … he's tough. Hopefully, there's no structural damage and hopefully we get some good news."

Key defender Brennan Cox made his return to football after a gruesome hamstring injury in Round 1, playing limited minutes with Peel Thunder in the WAFL.

However, Longmuir said that the club won't be "willing to that that risk" of bringing Cox in ahead of schedule.


That could leave Fremantle's defensive structure without some key personnel if Pearce's scans go against them, with 20-year-old Josh Draper likely to be recalled.