Fremantle High Performance Manager Phil Merriman says speedy forward Michael Frederick will be a test to take on Melbourne in Alice Springs on Sunday.

Frederick missed the Club’s round 11 draw with Collingwood after sustaining a concussion against St Kilda the week before, but Merriman is happy with the 24-year-old’s progress.

“(He’s) going well,” Merriman said.

“He produced a really solid run session on Saturday as Freddy always does.

“He will be a test to play this week.”


Veteran forward Matthew Taberner was withdrawn early from Peel’s top-of-the-table clash with South Fremantle on the weekend with concussion and is now on the sidelines.

“Unfortunately Tabs sustained a concussion during the Peel game so he will go into the concussion protocols,” Merriman said.

In positive news, young winger Ethan Stanley has returned to running after injuring his ankle late last month.

“(His progression has been) outstanding actually,” Merriman said.

“Ethan will be in line to play - not this week - but the following.

“Unfortunately, that is a bye so we will have to wait post-bye to see Ethan again.”


Meanwhile, Nathan O’Driscoll’s return to football is yet to be determined with the young winger set to begin running on field in the coming weeks.

“Not quite just yet (return date),” Merriman said.

“He’s going to be running on-field in the next two weeks.

“When we get him going on-field, we will have a firm understanding on how long 'Dris' will be (to make a return).”


Michael Frederick (concussion) - test
Matthew Taberner (Concussion) – 1 week
Ethan Stanley (ankle) – 2 weeks
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – 2 - 3 weeks
Oscar McDonald (knee) – 10 – 12 weeks
Nathan O’Driscoll (knee) - TBC
Josh Corbett (hip) – Season
Sebit Kuek (knee) - Season