Fremantle have been dealt another cruel blow with star ruckman Aaron Sandilands re-injuring his toe in his first game back from injury against the Lions on Saturday night.

Sandilands got through the first half of the Dockers 23-point win over the Lions before the injury, known and “turf toe”, struck the All-Australian ruckman who had missed the past month of Football due to the same injury.

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey said the injury will see Sandilands miss at least another month of football but the club will now consider sending Sandilands to Melbourne to have surgery on his troubling toe, a move which could see him miss the rest of the season.

“Aaron’s re-injured the same injury, however we are going to look at perhaps sending him to Melbourne to see a surgeon,” Harvey said on Saturday night.

“We might stitch it (the ligament) this time and that might be a better process … to know it would be knitted would be a lot better result.

“He said [the toe] was fantastic up until the point in time when it grabbed him, which was I think when he was taking off. There’s no long-term effect – that’s what I did get from the doctor, so we’ll try a different way perhaps this time.”

Fremantle will also be without key defender Luke McPharlin for the next two weeks who had to be subbed out of the game at half time due to a groin injury.