Four Fremantle players will face tests to be available for Fremantle’s round 17 clash against St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Saturday, according to High Performance Manager Phil Merriman.
Key forward Matt Taberner headlines the group looking to be available for selection, alongside fellow forward Liam Henry, midfielder Darcy Tucker and defender Heath Chapman.
Taberner was subbed off late against Port Adelaide on Sunday due to a hamstring concern, Henry missed the Power clash due to a hamstring injury, Tucker hurt his finger for Peel against East Fremantle on 25 June and Chapman last played in round 11 against Melbourne before injuring his hamstring at training.
“They’re all progressing really well, and barring any issues, they’ll be good to play this week,” Merriman said.
“Taberner experienced a bit of tightness in game in his hamstring. We couldn’t rule out any muscle injury at the time. We’ve since had scans and they’ve come back favourable, so he’ll be a test to play.”
Both Blake Acres (hamstring) and Nathan O’Driscoll (foot) are 1-2 weeks away as they make progress in their recoveries.
“Blake will complete a football circuit on the weekend and should be available to play barring any incidents the following week,” Merriman said.
“Nathan’s coming along, we’re really excited to see ‘Driz’ back up and running and he’ll be around the same mark as Blake.”
Key forward Josh Treacy will be available for selection at either WAFL or AFL level after recovering from an ankle injury for Peel against East Perth. Merriman said Treacy ‘probably would have played’ had there not been a bye in the WAFL last weekend.
Matt Taberner (hamstring) – Test
Heath Chapman (hamstring) – Test
Liam Henry (hamstring) – Test
Darcy Tucker (finger) – Test
Nathan O’Driscoll (foot) – 1-2 weeks
Blake Acres (hamstring) – 1-2 weeks
Sam Switkowski (back) - TBA
Jye Amiss (kidney) – Inactive