Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has rated captain Nat Fyfe a “50-50” probability to face Collingwood at Marvel Stadium on the weekend because the Dockers moved to lock younger ahead Josh Treacy in on the membership till the top of 2023.
Longmuir stated Fyfe, who performed with the same harm to the dislocated shoulder he’s now battling on the best way to a second Brownlow Medal in 2019, can be given an enormous say on whether or not he was able to play.
The Fremantle captain has missed only one recreation and the bye with the harm he suffered towards the Western Bulldogs.
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“We positively gained’t threat him however that doesn’t imply he gained’t be proper for this week. We’ll put him by way of a health check and coaching tomorrow,” Longmuir stated.
“He has performed with this harm earlier than so we shall be guided by him as a lot as anything. We’ll simply see the way it goes at major coaching tomorrow.
“I might say 50-50 at this stage.”
The Dockers may make as many as 4 adjustments if Fyfe is match, with defender Griffin Logue and ahead Matt Taberner possible inclusions and Sam Switkowski additionally urgent his case as a small ahead.
“Griff is nearly sure to play. He as had the additional week to get well from that concussion. Tabs is trying actually good, Fingers crossed he will get by way of coaching tomorrow and is sweet to go,” Longmuir stated.
In the meantime the Dockers have locked Treacy in with a contract extension after the burly ahead, nonetheless solely 18, kicked 5 objectives within the final two video games to have six objectives from his seven video games thus far this 12 months.
The information nonetheless was not pretty much as good on defender Brennan Cox, with Longmuir confirming he had now had surgical procedure to appropriate hamstring tendon harm which suggests he is not going to play once more this 12 months.
“Actually disappointing,” Longmuir stated. “He has been a extremely good participant for us this 12 months. I really feel like over the previous two years he has actually taken his footy to a different degree. It’s going to be disappointing for him and the workforce.”
“He has had surgical procedure and he’s recovering properly. It most likely wasn’t as severe as Darcy Tucker’s final 12 months it’s most likely extra like Hayden Younger’s this 12 months. It is going to rule him out for a good whereas however he shall be able to go firstly of the pre-season.”
Longmuir additionally stated the Dockers weren’t far-off from confirming a return to play date for defender Joel Hamling, who’s progressing properly once more after his restoration from a severe ankle downside had is a plateau for a number of weeks.
“Final week and this week he joined the principle coaching group so it’s a good signal,” Longmuir stated.