Fremantle’s Sam Switkowski subbed off after ‘struggling to stand’ against St Kilda

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VideoFremantle have subbed off Sam Switkowski after the youngster could not get to his feet.

There’s fears for Fremantle’s Sam Switkowski after the youngster was unable to get to his feet after an innocuous looking tackle against St Kilda.

Switkowski, who had a goal and five tackles early in Sunday’s Blundstone Arena clash after starting in the centre square, was subbed out of the clash with the Saints at half time.

The midfielder had attempted to make a chase down tackle in Fremantle’s forward line when he was left clutching at his left hip.

While his tackle did enough to create the turnover and lead to a Matt Taberner goal, Switkowski struggled to shrug off his injury complaint.

Sam Switkowski was clearly distressed on the Blundstone Arena turf.
Camera IconSam Switkowski was clearly distressed on the Blundstone Arena turf. Credit: Steve Bell/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

Seconds later, he dropped to the ground and could not return to his feet.

Dockers medical staff helped the 24-year-old from the ground and onto a chair on the boundary line.

7Sport commentator Matthew Pavlich said he could not “have seen anyone in more pain”.

“It looked very innocuous,” Pavlich said.

Sam Switkowski struggled to stand as he was assisted from the field.
Camera IconSam Switkowski struggled to stand as he was assisted from the field. Credit: Steve Bell/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

“He could hardly walk and sat down for some time.

“He could hardly move and was in significant pain.

“He finally limped off the ground as the players headed down (to the rooms).”

The decision to sub Switkowski from the game was officially made at the half time break.

Joel Western was then introduced to the game for the second half.

Fremantle need a win to be any chance of making finals in 2021.

They then need Essendon to lose to Collingwood in the final match of the round to secure their first finals appearance in six seasons.

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