Luke Ryan is firming to make his return from a calf injury for Fremantle’s clash against Sydney on Saturday night at Optus Stadium.

The All Australian defender has missed the past three weeks with the injury.

General manager of football and performance Joe Brierty said Ryan was expected to take part in main training on Wednesday.

“Luke had the calf strain leading into the RAC Derby against West Coast,” Brierty said.

“He’s been progressing really well, ticking off all of the boxes in reconditioning.

“He did a significant load over the weekend and we plan for him to main train this week and then make himself available for selection against the Swans.”

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Joe Brierty provides updates on Luke Ryan, Alex Pearce, Michael Frederick and Bailey Banfield.

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Alex Pearce is likely to make his return to football this Saturday for Peel against West Perth at David Grays Arena.

“Alex continues to progress really well. He had some really strong training sessions while he was over in Queensland with the team,” Brierty said.

“He returned to Perth and had a good session over the weekend."

There’s mixed news for forwards Bailey Banfield and Michael Frederick, who both have syndesmosis injuries.

Frederick is set to be out for three months after he had surgery on his ankle last week while Banfield looks likely to return in a month after avoiding surgery on his ankle.

Banfield will return to running soon on an Alter-G, a reduced-weight treadmill.

“Unfortunately, Michael suffered a syndesmosis injury the weekend prior against Brisbane,” Brierty said.

“We sought surgical advice and he had a tightrope surgery late last week. That will put him out for around 10 to 12 weeks.

“Bailey had a syndesmosis injury a couple of weeks ago. We’re seeking some advice through a few different surgeons and decided not to go down the surgical path.

“He’s progressed really well since. We anticipate him doing some Alter-G sessions in the next couple of weeks and, hopefully, will be available for selection in around four weeks’ time.”

Luke Ryan (calf) – Test
Alex Pearce (knee) – Test
Joel Hamling (ankle) – 3 weeks
Stephen Hill (hamstring) – 3-4 weeks
Bailey Banfield (ankle) – 4 weeks
Hayden Young (hamstring) – 4-6 weeks
Michael Frederick (ankle) – 10-12 weeks
Ethan Hughes (shoulder) - TBA
Heath Chapman (shoulder) – Season
Sam Sturt (knee) - Season

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