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Injury update: Test for trio

Jason Weber gives an injury update to Docker TV. High Performance Manager Jason Weber takes us through the injury update leading into Round 9.

Fremantle could have up to three players return from injury this week against Sydney on Saturday at the SCG, according to high performance manager Jason Weber.

Michael Walters, Stephen Hill and Nathan Wilson are all listed as tests for selection.

Walters missed the past two weeks with a knee injury sustained against West Coast in round six and the small forward took part in the bulk of Tuesday’s training session.

“Michael trained really strongly this morning,” Weber said. 

“He did most of the drills so we anticipate him having a good session here on Thursday and being available for match committee.”

Stephen Hill was a late withdrawal against St Kilda last Saturday due to quad tightness and remains a chance to return to the starting 22 against Sydney.

“Stephen’s progressed really well,” Weber said.

“He has been strong with his running and he had a bit of a kick this morning so he’ll be a test on Thursday but we’re very hopeful for him to play.”

Wilson missed the St Kilda clash with back soreness and will need to get through training on Thursday prior to earning a return. 

“Nathan had a back injury very late in the game against Richmond,” Weber said.

“At this stage he’s progressing really well and he’ll be a test on Thursday. We’re confident he’ll get up.”

Griffin Logue (foot) have and Lee Spurr (knee) have returned to training with Logue’s return to football listed as 1-2 weeks away while Spurr is at 2-3 weeks. 

“Both Griffin and Lee are running strongly,” Weber said.

“Griffin’s right into football training at the moment so he’s in the final stages of rehab.

“Lee’s just a little bit behind him but also running really strongly.”

Sean Darcy (knee) and Hugh Dixon (ankle) have continued to work together in recovery, listed as 3-4 weeks away.

“Both their timelines have come together really closely,” Weber said.

“They were actually competitively running together today and both are looking very strong going forward.”

Weber remains hopeful that Matt Taberner is on track to return in the second half of the season.

“Matt’s obviously had a significant injury,” Weber said.

“He’s starting to get moving now so he's weight bearing on the foot that he broke.

“He had a very strong boxing session on one leg today, which was interesting to see but he’s doing a fantastic job.”

 Nathan Wilson  Back  Test
 Stephen Hill  Quad  Test
 Michael Walters  Knee  Test
 Griffin Logue  Foot  1-2 weeks
 Lee Spurr  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Sean Darcy  Knee  3-4 weeks
 Hugh Dixon  Ankle  3-4 weeks
 Bradley Hill  Knee  TBA
 Matt Taberner  Foot  TBA
 Sam Switkowski  Hamstring  TBA
 Brady Grey  Hamstring  TBA

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs