Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir stated that if he gets through practice, Nat Fyfe will definitely return next week.
Fyfe is expected to be ready to face Brisbane at Optus Stadium in Round 12, but there is a slim chance the double Brownlow medalist will return via the WAFL for affiliate Peel.
“We will definitely see him next week, pending some good weeks of training,” Longmuir told 7NEWS.
“We will decide next week where he will play.
“If he comes through this week with flying colours, we will consider him at both levels.”
If Fyfe were to return via Peel, it would be his first WAFL appearance in 12 years.
However, the two-week suspension of Sam Switkowski for a tackle on Collingwood’s Jack Ginnivan could help the Dockers make their decision, with Longmuir arguing that the club has accepted the AFL tribunal’s decision.
“It is disappointing to miss Switta for the next two weeks because he is a very important player for us, but we understand the decision of the tribunal,” he said.
The loss of Switkowski opens up a hole in the frontline that Fyfe could potentially fall straight into, with Longmuir stating that the star midfielder’s frontline experiment was far from over and that he expected to play similar roles. like last season.
Fremantle have gone from being the darling of the league to good-weather bullies after two mediocre performances in the rain over the past two rounds, but Longmuir said the club was taking a “forward and upward” approach.
“We’ve been taking a deep dive in our form over the past few weeks, and the messages are really about what we need to do to get back to our best football because our best football is really strong,” he said. †
“To win AFL games you have to score more than 30 or 40 points, so there are a few things we will try to do next time we face those circumstances.”
Fremantle may get their chance on Saturday against the reigning prime ministers with cold, wet conditions expected at the MCG.
Fremantle also received a second bad news on Tuesday evening, with the upcoming Jye Amiss likely not to play in 2022 after kidney surgery.
He hit a knee in the back in a marking match while playing against South Fremantle for Peel.
“He was in hospital for a few nights but is now recovering and will be on the sidelines for an extended period of time so not great for him or us,” said Longmuir.
Longmuir confirmed that the Dockers weren’t worried about Amiss in the long run.