WHEELER OK BUT BELL OUT

The West Australian - - SPORT - JOHN TOWNSEND

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.

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