Fremantle could have up to five players become available for selection ahead of this weekend’s games with Freo taking on North Melbourne on Friday and Peel taking on Perth in the WAFL on Saturday.

Executive General Manager of Football Peter Bell said Sean Darcy, Neil Erasmus and Joel Hamling are all tests to be available for selection while Hayden Young and Heath Chapman have exited the Health and Safety Protocols.

Both Darcy and Erasmus sustained concussions the week prior, with Darcy playing for Fremantle against Carlton and Erasmus for Peel against West Perth.

“They’re going really well,” Bell said.

“We’re expecting that they’ll be available to play football this weekend as they work through the protocols, but things are looking really positive for both of them.”

Chapman and Young participated in a flush run at the Club on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s main training session.

“They’re well and truly out of their isolation, so it’s just getting some volume back into both of them, but we’re expecting them to be available,” Bell said.

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Both Nat Fyfe (back) and Matt Taberner (hamstring) remain on track for a return before the bye after a promising week in reconditioning.

“Nat had an exceptional week on the training track and is steadily making progress, while Matthew is also progressing,” Bell said.

“We’re just continuing to build with Nat, but he’s getting closer.”

Bell added that Fremantle are taking extra precautions this week at training as the Club looks to minimise any spread of Covid, with transmission remaining high in WA.

Fremantle will name any players that have entered the Health and Safety Protocols when the team is announced on Thursday.

“Clearly, there’s a lot of Covid in the community and we have a shorter week with less time on field as well,” Bell said.

“Today we made sure the players aren’t at risk, as much as we can control, by having some weights outside, players in small groups and doing their flush runs individually. It’s further mitigations to lessen the risk.”

Sean Darcy (concussion) – Test
Neil Erasmus (concussion) – Test
Joel Hamling (knee) – Test
Matt Taberner (hamstring) – 2-4 weeks
Matthew Johnson (ankle) – 3 weeks
Nat Fyfe (back) - TBA
Joel Western (hamstring) - TBA

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