WHEELER OK BUT BELL OUT
Subiaco veteran Clancy Wheeler will be free to play in the top-of-the-table clash against South Fremantle in round 11 after the WAFL match review panel cleared him of a dangerous tackle that will put Perth midfielder Corey Byrne out of action for the next month.
Byrne sustained a serious shoulder injury after being thumped into the Leederville Oval turf early in Subiaco’s win last Saturday.
His long absence will be compounded by the loss of defender Jared Bell who ruptured his right anterior crucial ligament for the third time in four years.
Wheeler was reported for rough conduct at the time of the incident but the MRP dismissed the matter after finding that the tackle was not unreasonable.
Wheeler and Perth forward Matt Rogers received reprimands in separate incidents in which they made head-high contact with opponents.
Bell will require a third knee reconstruction after his ACL graft gave way during a tackle just before half-time on Saturday.
He first damaged the knee in 2016 and required a second reconstruction after tearing the ligament at training a year later, but he returned for the last six matches of last season.
Bell had been in good form this season as Perth won their first five matches in their bid to end their 21-year finals drought.