Key forward Matt Taberner and ruck Sean Darcy both face fitness tests to be available for Fremantle’s clash with Sydney on Sunday at Metricon Stadium, according to executive general manager of football Peter Bell.
Taberner last played for Fremantle in round 15 against Collingwood, missing the past three games with a calf injury.
“He’s progressing okay, it’ll be touch and go whether he will be made available for the game against Sydney,” Bell said.
“We will have to wait until later in the week.”
Bell was confident in Darcy’s chances to be fit after picking up a minor knee injury last week against Geelong.
“Sean’s looking reasonably positive, it’s a slight strain but (he’s got) good knee stability,” Bell said.
“We are really hopeful that he will be available for Sydney.”
Versatile forward/ruck Rory Lobb was subbed off in the Geelong clash at half time and Bell said he has a slim chance of playing.
“Rory is less likely to play against Sydney, he’s got a grumbly ankle with a couple of things going on there, so we will wait and see,” Bell said.
“We haven’t put a line through him entirely, but he’s looking unlikely to play against Sydney.”
Midfielder Stephen Hill is set to get some minutes in the WAFL this Saturday against West Perth after being withdrawn from the Peel line-up that faced Claremont on Sunday.
“He had some really mild hamstring awareness that we treated conservatively leading into the Peel game on the weekend,” Bell said.
“That seems to have resolved, and at this stage we are confident that he will be available this week.”
Brett Bewley would also be a test to return to football this weekend but the midfielder is constrained by having to undertake a 14-day quarantine following his return to WA from Victoria last week.
“A tough one for Brett, he wasn’t able to fly back from Melbourne because of the pneumothorax that he had sustained, a punctured lung,” Bell said.
“It meant he wasn’t cleared to fly until Thursday, at which time the border was closed between Victoria and Western Australia, so he is currently serving 14 days of quarantine.
“He is trying to train as best as he can within those constraints, but a really frustrating time for Brett and his partner.”
INJURY LIST: ROUND 19
Matt Taberner (calf) - Test
Sean Darcy (knee) - Test
Brett Bewley (ribs) - Test
Stephen Hill (hamstring) - Test
Michael Frederick (ankle) - 5 weeks
Rory Lobb (ankle) - TBC
Joel Hamling (ankle) - Season
Sam Sturt (knee) - Season
Heath Chapman (shoulder) - Season
Brennan Cox (hamstring) - Season