Fremantle are set to have a number of players become available for selection ahead of Sunday’s clash with Hawthorn at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
Captain Nat Fyfe is one of five players who are a test to return from injury, while Sam Sturt is also available for selection after getting through last Friday’s round one WAFL clash between Peel and East Fremantle.
Executive general manager of football Peter Bell said Fremantle are continuing to monitor Fyfe’s recovery from concussion while Griffin Logue, Bailey Banfield, Mitch Crowden and Luke Valente could also be available.
“Nat’s continuing to progress really well,” Bell said.
“We’re hopeful that he’ll continue to tick every box in concussion protocols and we’ll make a decision on his availability later in the week.
“Depending on how main training goes, we’re hopeful that Griffin Logue, Bailey Banfield, Mitch Crowden and Luke Valente will all be available for minutes this weekend.”
Bell said defender Hayden Young is set for a long stint on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury sustained in the second quarter of Fremantle’s clash against Carlton on Sunday.
Lachie Schultz will also miss at least a week under the AFL’s 12-day concussion protocols.
“Unfortunately for Hayden and the team, he’s sustained a high-grade hamstring injury,” Bell said.
“We’re just working through exactly what that looks like, but he’ll be unavailable for a lengthy period of time.
“Lachie is in the concussion protocols, similar to Nat Fyfe, so we’ll just work through that over the next couple of weeks.”
Bell added that Rory Lobb (knee) remains on track for a return between rounds six and seven, while midfielder Darcy Tucker is one week away with his hamstring injury sustained playing for Peel in a pre-season game in March.
Nat Fyfe (concussion) – Test
Griffin Logue (hamstring) – Test
Bailey Banfield (ankle) – Test
Mitch Crowden (calf) – Test
Luke Valente (soreness) – Test
Lachie Schultz (concussion) – 1 week
Darcy Tucker (hamstring) – 1 week
Brandon Walker (concussion) – 1 week
Rory Lobb (knee) – 1-2 weeks
Joel Hamling (ankle) – 2-4 weeks
Brett Bewley (groin) – 3 weeks
Alex Pearce (knee) – 4-5 weeks
Hayden Young (hamstring) – TBA
Stephen Hill (hamstring) – TBA