Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe remains on track to play West Coast in the round seven western derby after scans confirmed he’ll miss only one or two weeks with a hamstring injury.
Fyfe injured his right hamstring during the third quarter of his team’s 13-point loss to Gold Coast on Saturday night.
Subsequent scans have confirmed a low-grade tear, with Dockers high performance manager Jason Weber saying Fyfe could miss as little as one week.
“Nat’s scan’s been quite positive, he’s got a small amount of damage, very much to the outside of the muscle so we’ve only listed him as one to two weeks,” Weber said.
“(The duration of the injury) will really depend on how he pulls up. Nat’s quite the consummate professional, he heals well and looks after himself so we’ll be challenging Nat all the way along.”
The Dockers will take on arch rivals West Coast at Optus Stadium on July 19.
That will give Fyfe 22 days of recovery time from the injury and there’s even a chance the two-time Brownlow medallist can return a week before the derby.
Forward Sam Sturt is recovering quicker than expected from his ankle injury and could return in Sunday’s clash with Adelaide at Metricon Stadium.
Stephen Hill pulled up well from his first game back last week, while ruckman Sean Darcy made it through a practice match unscathed and will push for selection against the Crows.
Midfielder Blake Acres has recovered from a calf injury and is also in the selection frame.
Defender Alex Pearce (ankle) is now out of his moon boot but the news isn’t as good for fellow backman Joel Hamling, who is receiving further treatment on his ankle.
Hamling first injured his ankle at training in February, and was forced to undergo surgery for a second time in May.
Given the latest setback, Hamling is facing a race against time to play at all this year.