Nat Fyfe will miss this Saturday’s clash against Gold Coast but tall timber Matt Taberner, Sean Darcy and Alex Pearce are all a chance for selection, according to executive general manager of football Peter Bell.
In this week’s Envision Medical Imaging injury update, Bell said Both Darcy and Taberner were tests to be available, while an X-ray on Pearce’s wrist came up clear.
Bell said Fyfe’s immediate availability was uncertain as Fremantle wait and see how the captain recovers from a dislocated shoulder.
“Nat will miss this week and then obviously there’s a bye next week,” Bell said.
“We’ll assess over the next couple of weeks what kind of strength he retains and what his shoulder function is before we make a decision on whether he’ll be right to continue playing.
“If he doesn’t recover strength and function, there is the possibility that he’ll have to have surgery. Those decisions will be made over the next couple of weeks.”
Bell said scans had cleared Darcy of any major hamstring damage.
“Sean had an incident against Port Adelaide last week, which we were a little concerned with and we took him from the field late in that match. He got through the week leading into the game against the Bulldogs, and then early in the last quarter, he just had some awareness as well,” Bell said.
“We treated that really conservatively. The good news is the scan has been really positive. We’re not out of the woods completely.”
Pearce played full minutes against Swan Districts taking seven marks with his 14 disposals.
Bell said Pearce escaped a wrist injury during the game and was in the frame to play for Fremantle for the first time since round one.
“Alex landed awkwardly on his wrist so we sent him off for an X-ray, which was clear,” Bell said.
“We’re looking forward to him pressing his claim for selection this week.”
Scans on Brennan Cox’s hamstring did not come up as positive, with the defender set for a long stint on the sidelines.
“It’s a high-grade hamstring tendon injury,” Bell said.
“He’s off to seek specialist opinion. Most likely, he’ll have to have some surgery for that injury and the timeframe (for recovery) is to be advised.”
Freo could also get a boost in their small forward stocks, with Sam Switkowski (hamstring) and Bailey Banfield (ankle) also tests to be available for selection this weekend.
INJURY LIST: ROUND 13
Sean Darcy (hamstring) – Test
Matt Taberner (ankle) – Test
Sam Switkowski (hamstring) - Test
Bailey Banfield (ankle) – Test
Griffin Logue (concussion) – 1 week
Hayden Young (hamstring) – 2-4 weeks
Michael Frederick (ankle) – 7-9 weeks
Nat Fyfe (shoulder) – TBA
Ethan Hughes (shoulder) – TBA
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – TBA
Stephen Hill (hamstring) – TBA
Joel Hamling (ankle) - TBA
Heath Chapman (shoulder) – Season
Sam Sturt (knee) - Season