Darcy Tucker is set for surgery on his finger while there is positive injury news for Josh Treacy and Nathan O’Driscoll, according to Executive General Manager of Football Peter Bell in the Perth Radiological Clinic Injury Update for Round 16.
Freo will also have to wait to see if Michael Walters can recover in time from a calf injury to face Port Adelaide, while defender Heath Chapman (hamstring) is another week away from a return.
Tucker kicked three goals for Peel in their 11-point loss to East Fremantle at the WACA on Saturday.
“He’s been a bit unlucky, Darcy, he’s sustained a finger fracture that will require surgery,” Bell said.
“He’ll get that done and a timeframe will be advised post-surgery.”
Treacy sustained what appeared to be a serious ankle injury early in Peel’s win against East Perth on 18 June, however the key forward has made a quick recovery.
“Josh is recovering from that ankle injury that he sustained a couple of weeks ago,” Bell said.
“He’s steadily ticking the boxes and we’ll see how he progresses during the week.”
Scans have revealed that O’Driscoll can progress in his recovery from a foot injury.
The 20-year-old has since returned to running and has a two to three week timeframe on his return to football.
“This time last week, we were waiting on another scan result. That scan has been really positive, so Nathan’s been cleared to progress to on-field running,” Bell said.
“We’ll steadily build him up and, hopefully, there’ll be no speed bumps along the way.”
Walters missed Fremantle’s round 15 clash with Carlton and is a test to return against the Power. Chapman’s earliest possible return is round 17 against St Kilda at Marvel Stadium.
“We’ll see how Michael goes through the week and make a call as to whether he’s available this week,” Bell said.
“If he’s not available, we’re confident he’ll play the week after.
“Heath is going well. More than likely he will miss this week, although we haven’t decided on that 100 per cent yet. He’s not far away, either.”
Young key forward Jye Amiss has made his return to the Club after sustaining a significant kidney injury playing for Peel against South Fremantle on 21 May.
“It’s great to have Jye back around the club after he’s been away for a period of time recuperating,” Bell said.
“He’s doing some light physical activity and we’ll build that over the coming weeks.”
Michael Walters (calf) – Test
Josh Treacy (ankle) – Test
Heath Chapman (hamstring) – 1 week
Nathan O’Driscoll (foot) – 2-3 weeks
Blake Acres (hamstring) – TBA
Sam Switkowski (back) – TBA
Darcy Tucker (finger) – TBA
Jye Amiss (kidney) - Inactive