FREMANTLE has lost important goalkicker Matt Taberner on the eve of its crucial Sunday clash with the Western Bulldogs, with the key forward a late withdrawal due to a quad injury.

Taberner, who has kicked 29 goals from 16 games this year in a breakout campaign, has been replaced by speedster Travis Colyer.

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It is the second major injury blow for the Dockers, who had already lost star midfielder Michael Walters to a foot issue. Tobe Watson had been dropped, with Liam Henry and Reece Conca coming into the side.

Fremantle's injury pain is equally shared by keen onlookers Melbourne, who need the Dockers to secure an upset victory over the Western Bulldogs in Cairns to secure the final spot in the top eight.

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Match Previews R18: Fremantle v Western Bulldogs

Sportsbet's Nathan Brown and Matthew Richardson preview the game between the Dockers and Bulldogs at Cazaly's Stadium

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The Bulldogs, who can claim the place of the Demons and earn a spot in the finals with victory, are unchanged from the side named on Saturday afternoon that featured two alterations.

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Toby McLean was ruled out with a knee injury, while Matt Suckling has a hamstring problem, with the duo replaced by Easton Wood and Patrick Lipinski.