Fremantle could receive a welcome boost for Sunday’s round 10 clash with Sydney, with Irish teammates Aine Tighe and Joanne Cregg in line to return.
Tighe missed last weekend’s loss to Melbourne at Casey Fields, while Cregg has been sidelined for two games with a knee injury.
AFLW Senior Physiotherapist Brett Fletcher said Tighe had been tracking “really well” after she was a late withdrawal from round nine due to knee soreness.
“We’re hopeful she’ll (Aine) be available this weekend. She’ll be a test this week pending how she goes with training,” Fletcher said.
Cregg sustained her knee injury in the final minutes of the round seven match against the Cats.
“Jo is going really well. She will train fully this week and we’re expecting her to be available,” Fletcher said.
Midfielder/defender Sarah Verrier has also been sidelined since rounds seven after pulling up with shin soreness following the loss to Geelong.
“Sarah is going really well as well. She will be a test this week – we’ll see how she goes with training,” Fletcher said.
After booting her first goal in purple on Saturday, Serena Gibbs will miss the final home and away round for the 2023 NAB AFLW season.
Fletcher gave an update on the key forward.
“Unfortunately Serena presented with some delayed concussion symptoms on Sunday,” Fletcher said.
“She’ll miss this weekend’s clash and she’ll fall under the concussion protocol.”
Defender Jae Flynn will be another forced change to the Fremantle side due to a back concern.
“Jae injured her back early on (during) Saturday’s game. She went to hospital as a precaution – thankfully, she’s been cleared of anything serious,” Fletcher said.
“She will miss this weekend’s clash.”