Dual Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe will stay in Queensland’s AFL hub despite injuring his right hamstring in Fremantle’s 13-point loss to Gold Coast on Saturday.
Fyfe is set to undergo scans in coming days after he limped off in the third quarter of the defeat at Metricon Stadium.
Dockers coach Justin Longmuir was hopeful the injury wasn’t too serious, with club medical staff initially diagnosing a low-grade hamstring strain but it seems certain he won’t feature in either of the Dockers’ last two games of their Gold Coast stay.
The Dockers are now 0-4 in 2020 and have matches against Adelaide and Melbourne to come in the Queensland hub before heading home to Perth for their round-seven Derby against West Coast at Optus Stadium.
Longmuir, though, said Fyfe staying in the hub would be the best option for the 28-year-old.
“All of our medical staff are here. The best thing is for them to remain here,” Longmuir said.
“We’ve got access to everything we need here.
“And we just don’t have the resources back home to put around players so everyone will stay in the hub.”
Having been smashed in the ruck by Suns co-captain Jarrod Witts, Longmuir said he would have to consider bringing Sean Darcy back into his team for next week’s match against Adelaide.
“Sean was touch and go this week and we decided just to give him a week in the reserves just to get his fitness up, but he will come under consideration,” Longmuir said, adding the Dockers needed to find a winning formula soon after their poor start to the season.
“It’s about building his fitness and resilience to be able to stay and play week-in, week-out … he’s been close the last couple of weeks.”