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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nat Fyfe, Michael Walters in the mix for Fremantle Dockers’ clash against Geelong

Two days after Fremantle coach Ross Lyon effectively ruled him out for the season, scans revealed livewire Michael Walters’ hamstring injury to be better than first thought.
Walters injured his left hamstring late in the Dockers’ 29-point win over Carlton at Optus Stadium and looked a near-certainty to miss the final two rounds of the year.
Dockers senior physiotherapist, Dr Jeff Boyle said the club would keep an “open mind” with the star goalsneak, who avoided a tear in his hamstring, ahead of Saturday’s clash against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.
“At the moment we have an open mind with Michael and will see how he responds during the week,” Boyle said.
Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe is another in the mix to face the Cats after missing the past six games with a hamstring injury.
Fyfe will need to pass a fitness test during the team’s final training session on Thursday before heading east for a tough away assignment.
Lyon told 6PR his skipper was “tracking very well” for a long-awaited return.
Backman Luke Ryan (hamstring) is in doubt after pulling up sore on Monday.
Ryan received treatment on his tight hamstring but managed to play out the match against the Blues.
Premiership defender Joel Hamling and veteran ruckman Aaron Sandilands have been ruled out this weekend, but could return for the Dockers’ final-round match against Collingwood at Optus Stadium on August 25.
Mystery surrounds Harley Bennell’s latest calf setback, with the luckless midfielder still listed as TBA on the club’s injury list.
Bennell hasn’t played since his best performance of the season for Peel Thunder in the WAFL against West Perth on July 28.
“I was confident it was only going to be one week but he hasn't progressed as we hoped,” Lyon said.
Tom North (hamstring) - test
Nat Fyfe (hamstring) - test
Joel Hamling (calf) - 1 week
Aaron Sandilands (calf) - 1 week
Stephen Hill (quad) - 1-2 weeks
Cam Sutcliffe (hamstring) - 2 weeks
Harley Bennell (calf) - TBA
Luke Ryan (hamstring) - TBA
Michael Walters (hamstring) - TBA
Griffin Logue (ankle) - season
Connor Blakely (knee) - season
Michael Apeness (hamstring) - season
Andrew Brayshaw (jaw) - season