The highly anticipated return of Fremantle defender Alex Pearce, who played his first AFL game in nearly two years, ended in tragedy

AFL: Fremantle’s first-round clash with the demons came at a cost Hapless Alex Pearce left the game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury

Alex Pearce’s much-anticipated return to the AFL ended in tragic circumstances The Fremantle defender only lasted a quarter before sustaining another leg injury

When Pearce faced the Melbourne Demons at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, he hobbled off the field after Dockers captain Nat Fyfe accidentally stepped on his foot at the start of his second term

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Injuries have plagued Pearce’s entire professional career – he missed the 2020 Premier League as he recovered from a serious ankle injury and hadn’t played a senior game since Round 11 of the 2019 season before Saturday

A distraught Pearce later appeared in the shed with his ice strapped around his left knee The Dockers confirmed that he would not be returning to the match

He joined the team at three quarters of the time he was wearing a tracksuit and wearing a knee brace

Four-time premier Jordan Lewis told Fox Footy, “It looked like everything was fine until he hit the ground and then Fyfe stood on his foot, who just kind of anchored his foot to the ground and his Knee twisted after

“We’ll keep our fingers crossed to see how he does it well. He went forward, looked ahead briskly and was probably the player they missed as a primary target”

Alex Fair of The Advocate tweeted, “Alex Pearce deserves no more injury problems considering what he’s been through with his fingers and toes crossed”

Docker’s caoch Justin Longmuir later revealed that Pearce had a suspected MCL injury and was likely to be on hiatus for a few weeks

Fremantle’s 2021 campaign got off to a horror start when Fyfe’s squad failed to score in the MCG’s opening quarter

It was the first time since the 2016 Premier League that Fremantle started its season with a goalless quarter

Docker’s strikers consistently missed target when shooting on goal – but their rivals had similar problems on the other end

It took 14 minutes for both sides to pick up a major The young demon weapon Kysaiah Pickett finally broke the drought

Marc McGowan of The Herald Sun wrote, “Dockers who are second to the ball, are lazy and panic at every touch of pressure, very common so far”

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Melbourne held its nerve to secure an ugly 1114 (80) to 810 (58) win to 21365 fans at MCG

Demons midfielder Christian Petracca showed why he was touted as a potential Brownlow Medal contender, contributing two goals and 23 departures

Meanwhile, Andrew Brayshaw was an outstanding actor for the Dockers with 29 departures and one major

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