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High performance manager Jason Weber speaks about Fremantle's injury list.

Ruckman Aaron Sandilands is a test to face the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium on Sunday.

Sandilands, who tweaked his gluteal muscle early in Fremantle's round 20 clash with West Coast, could’ve played last week, according to senior coach Ross Lyon, but was rested to improve his chances of lining up in teammate and close friend Matthew Pavlich’s 353rd and final match.

High performance manager Jason Weber said the veteran was a good chance to the fold on Sunday.

“Aaron’s been listed as a test this week but we anticipate he’ll train tomorrow, have a good run Friday and advance for match committee,” Weber said.

Star recruit Harley Bennell has resumed running after a series of calf setbacks derailed his 2016 campaign.

Weber said the former Gold Coast player was looking forward to the preseason.

In the mix for Bulldogs clash

“Obviously, it’s been a long process – a very complicated injury that he had – but he’s now back on the field getting moving and looking forward to a big summer,” Weber said.

“Harley’s progressed really well.”

In a blow for Peel Thunder on the eve of the finals, big-bodied utility Clancee Pearce is expected to miss three weeks with a minor hamstring injury sustained against Subiaco at Bendigo Bank Stadium last Saturday.

Pearce has been in good form for Peel, averaging 24.7 possessions, six marks and 2.8 tackles from 10 games in a variety of roles through the backline and midfield.

“It was a low level injury. He was able to play the game out, but he has pulled up sore and it was confirmed on the MRI that he’s got a tear,” Weber said.

First-year utility Harley Balic was impressive for Peel reserves on Saturday in his first competitive match since July last year after recovering from wrist surgery.  

Playing through the midfield, the 19-year-old notched 30 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s and a goal from just 60 minutes of game time.  

Tanner Smith also made a successful return from the hamstring injury he picked up in round 13 against Port Adelaide at Domain Stadium.