Luckless Fremantle defender Alex Pearce will have scans on a knee injury suffered in his AFL return against Melbourne.

Pearce was playing his first AFL game since fracturing his ankle in round 11, 2019 when he limped off in the second quarter of Saturday afternoon’s match at the MCG.

The 25-year-old had already hit the deck in a contest with Melbourne’s Adam Tomlinson when Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe landed on his left foot, with Pearce’s knee twisting awkwardly as a result.

Pearce limped off the ground immediately, headed down to Fremantle’s rooms and was substituted for Stefan Giro.

“Confirming a knee injury for Alex Pearce. We will provide an update after he has had scans,” Fremantle tweeted.

Pearce has had three rounds of ankle surgery since his 2019 injury.

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