Five Fremantle players will face a fitness test prior to being made available for selection, according to high performance manager Jason Weber’s injury update, presented by Envision Medical Imaging. 

After being rested for Fremantle’s second Marsh Community Series game against West Coast, both defender Luke Ryan and midfielder James Aish will need to get through Wednesday’s training session prior to being made available for selection. 

“James was a little bit stiff in his calf after Marsh1 against Carlton,” Weber said.

“He had quite a lot of game time that day and the surface was quite soft. He pulled up a little bit sore and we gave him the all clear.

“We’re conditioning him through and he’ll be up and about for training this week 

“Luke hurt his back in a contact incident in the later stages of pre-season during one of our intraclubs and it’s just flared a little bit. 

“We took a no-risk policy with him. He trained really well on Saturday and he’ll be available for full team training.” 

New draftees Liam Henry (knee), Hayden Young and Michael Frederick will also require a fitness test.

“We’ve given Liam time to adapt to AFL training loads,” Weber said.

“He’s progressed really well and trained very strongly on Saturday. Everyone was very impressed with him, so he’ll make himself available for full training this week.

“Hayden just felt a little bit of tightness in training and we took a no-risk policy with him. We’ve focused on conditioning him up and having him available this week. 

“Michael was a little bit sore. He played a long stint in a relatively short cameo he made in Marsh1 against Carlton.

“He was a little bit tight in his hamstring post, nothing to worry about. He’s clear on all scans and we’ll condition him through.”

Weber said that the trio of David Mundy, Alex Pearce and Nathan Wilson all pulled up well after their returns to training last week.

“They’ve all progressed really well, Nathan and Alex were carrying significant injuries from last year, and Dave had with the accident while riding his bike with his young son,” Weber said. 

“Those guys have all been very clean in the back stages of their rehab, they’ve progressed through training on the weekend.”

Weber said that Blake Acres (hamstring) and Stephen Hill (quad) commenced running on Monday.

“Stephen’s regained some good strength and mobility and he’s back to running. We’ll hope to see him progress over the next handful of weeks,” Weber said.

“Blake’s progressing along from his hamstring issue that occurred during a kicking incident in the training post-Marsh1. 

“He’s progressed along nicely regained strength and started running with Stephen.”

Webber was upbeat about Stephan Giro’s recovery from an ACL injury sustained last season, but added that it was best to be conservative with the 21-year-old’s recovery.

“Steph has been held back a little bit on the basis that he’s a young player,” Weber said.

“The strike-rate of reoccurrence of ACLs in young athletes is quite high so we’re taking a conservative approach 

“He’s had personal bests in his top speed a handful of times in the past month and is training really well. 

“The focus is on him coming back better than he was before. He’s handling that well and will make the progression to team training in the next couple of weeks.”

James Aish Calf Test
Luke Ryan Back Test
Hayden Young Quad Test
Liam Henry Knee Test
Michael Frederick Hamstring Test
David Mundy Ankle 1 week
Nathan Wilson Toe 2 weeks
Alex Pearce Ankle 2 weeks
Stefan Giro Knee 12 weeks
Sam Switkowski Back TBA
Stephen Hill Quad TBA
Blake Acres Hamstring TBA
Joel Hamling Ankle TBA