Senior coach Justin Longmuir is hopeful to have an almost full squad to pick from when Fremantle resume the AFL season in mid-June on the Gold Coast.
While Fremantle’s opponent is still unknown, Longmuir can see a best-case scenario that has only injured defenders Alex Pearce and Joel Hamling unavailable for selection.
“(In this period) we’ve been able to get a lot of players doing mini pre-seasons in a sense to get ready for round two,” Longmuir said.
“I think at this stage, it will be Pearce and probably Hamling that maybe won’t be available.
“There are some other players that will be probably treading a fine line (for round two) but by round three or four, I think we’ll have the majority of the squad fit and available.
"Blake Acres has stepped into full training into one of the groups. David Mundy was really close to playing round two had we played when it was supposed to. Nathan Wilson has pulled up really well form the couple of sessions we had."
This also includes elite midfielder Stephen Hill, who is expected to recommence full training after re-injuring his quad during pre-season.
“Stephen is probably a week away from joining full training. That’s a real positive we can take away at this time,” Longmuir said.
“The injury he suffered was quite a long one and he was a week behind Blake (Acres).
“He’s maintained that and we’ll be able to get through some good weeks of training leading into round two.
“Hopefully, he’s available for selection.”
Longmuir acknowledged that Jesse Hogan could join his teammates on the Gold Coast.
Hogan resumed training with Fremantle this week but Longmuir said he would not rush the forward’s return.
“He’s a possibility (to go to the Gold Coast), he joined the group this week, albeit in a smaller group,” Longmuir said.
“We’ve got to make sure that first and foremost, we look after the mental well-being of Jesse.
“We’ve done that over this past 10 to 12 weeks that he’s been absent form the club.
“Now, it’s about integrating him into the club and making sure his physical preparations are right, not only for round two or round three, whenever he joins the team, but to be able to sustain that through the season.
“We forget that Jesse hasn’t done a full main training session for almost a year now, given his navicular injury last year.
“There are some physical things that we need to tick off before he’s available to play. At the moment, it’s trending in the right direction.”