Star Fremantle players Nat Fyfe and Matt Taberner are both selection possibilities for this weekend’s away trip against Collingwood.
Senior coach Justin Longmuir says the pair benefited from an extra week to recover from their respective injuries ahead of the crucial round 15 clash.
Fyfe remains a chance to pull off a quick recovery from a dislocated shoulder sustained against the Western Bulldogs in round 12, while Taberner last played for Fremantle against Sydney in round 10 and has since battled an ankle injury.
“(Taberner) trained pretty well on Saturday,” Longmuir said on SEN WA.
“He’s still got a few hurdles to jump over before we announce him playing.
“Fyfey’s the other one. (The bye) has given him a really good chance to get up for this game. He’s still going to be touch and go.”
Fyfe was put through his paces alongside Griffin Logue at the Club on Monday, with Logue also pushing for a return after sustaining a concussion against the Bulldogs.
Longmuir, who was watching on, said he wouldn’t guarantee Fyfe’s selection just yet.
“I don’t really want to put a percentage on it, he’s got a lot of hurdles to jump,” Longmuir said.
“If I had to say one over the other, it’d probably be more likely that Taberner will play.”
Longmuir said that he was happy for young gun midfielder Adam Cerra to take his time with a new contract deal.
“I understand that everyone wants it to be over and done with really quickly, and for him to make a decision. But these are big decisions for young people to make,” Longmuir said.
“I think history shows he’s a slower decision maker with decisions off the field than others.
“When he signed a two-year deal with Freo two years ago, he didn’t sign it until after the season finished. So he just likes to sit on things. It’s not affecting the way he’s playing.
“He was here doing extra touch at 7.30 this morning with one of our coaches. He’s clearly still invested in his footy and in us as a team.”