Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says he will allow Andrew Brayshaw to return home to Melbourne to continue his recovery from a broken jaw.

Brayshaw underwent surgery on Sunday night after being punched in the face by West Coast’s Andrew Gaff during a fiery western derby.

Gaff copped an eight-week ban over the punch.

Brayshaw can’t eat solid food for the next four weeks, and he will also require more dental work in the future after having three teeth displaced by the punch.

Lyon said Brayshaw will come into the club on Wednesday, before being granted leave.

“There’s a significant time of not eating well, and we’ll fly him back to Melbourne with his mum, and he’ll stay there until he can come back and join in with club activities,” Lyon told Channel 7.

Lyon described Gaff’s punch as being 100m off the ball during his post-match press conference on Sunday.


Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett hit out at Lyon over the inaccuracy, given the true figure was about 20m.

However, Lyon didn’t want to get drawn into a tit-for-tat when questioned about Nisbett’s criticism.

Nisbett has also been criticised for telling the media that Gaff had played golf with Andrew Brayshaw and his older brother Hamish Brayshaw in the week leading up to the western derby.

That story was later debunked, with confusion about where Nisbett had got his information from.

Brayshaw’s housemate – Dockers midfielder Lachie Neale – said he was left distressed by the seriousness of his friend’s injury.

And Mundy revealed his own two sons were impacted by the incident.


“When I got home after the game, my five-year-old and three-year-old both came up to me and said ‘What happened to that boy, why did that man hit him?” Mundy told 96FM.

“We talked to them about how hitting is naughty, and you’re not allowed to hit.”


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