Fremantle could have up to four players return from injury following the bye when taking on Collingwood at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
There is a potential boost across all three lines with midfielder Nat Fyfe (shoulder), defender Griffin Logue (concussion) and forwards Matt Taberner (ankle) and Sam Switkowski (hamstring) all pushing to be available for selection.
Fyfe dislocated his shoulder in round 12 against the Bulldogs and executive general manager of football Peter Bell said the Fremantle captain was regaining strength.
“Nat will have main training on Wednesday and he’s progressing really well,” Bell said.
“He’s got some really good range and good strength. We’ll see how he goes on Wednesday with some contact, but things are quite promising at the moment.”
Bell said key position players Taberner and Logue were a strong chance to play.
“Matt was really close to playing a couple of weeks ago, but with the bye, we decided we’d go really conservative and he had a really good session on Saturday,” Bell said.
“He will train fully on Wednesday and we think he should be available this week.
“(With the bye) we were able to give Griffin a bit of extra time to get through the concussion protocols.
“He did a bit of contact work on Monday and he’ll keep progressing. He should be good to go.”
Switkowski has played six games this season, most recently against Port Adelaide in round 11, and is likely to be available for selection after recovering from a hamstring injury.
“Sam’s really zipping about at training,” Bell said.
“He had that hamstring from a couple of weeks ago, he’s another one who’s benefitted from the bye and we think he’ll be available as well.”
Freo are set to receive a boost to their defensive stocks in the next month with Hayden Young (hamstring) and Ethan Hughes (shoulder) nearing a return.
“Hayden’s been really diligent, as you’d expect, in reconditioning that hamstring tendon from the surgery,” Bell said.
“We were really pleased that he’s probably just a couple weeks away from starting to get some football minutes, so that’s really exciting.
“Ethan is getting good strength back. He’s doing a little bit of contact as well and he’ll start some football drills and he shouldn’t be too far away, maybe two or three weeks.”
INJURY LIST ROUND 15
Nat Fyfe (shoulder) – Test
Matt Taberner (ankle) – Test
Griffin Logue (concussion) – Test
Sam Switkowski (hamstring) – Test
Hayden Young (hamstring) – 1 week
Ethan Hughes (shoulder) – 2-3 weeks
Stephen Hill (hamstring) – 3-4 weeks
Michael Frederick (ankle) – 6-7 weeks
Heath Chapman (shoulder) – Season
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – Season
Sam Sturt (knee) - Season
Joel Hamling (ankle) - TBA