Fremantle will continue to monitor the fitness of star midfielder Nat Fyfe as the club manages some sore bodies in the lead-up to Saturday’s AFL clash with Richmond at the MCG.
Fyfe is struggling to overcome the corked thigh he suffered a fortnight ago, with the 23-year-old spending time away from the main training group on Thursday.
The Brownlow medal favourite is expected to fly with the rest of the team to Melbourne on Thursday afternoon.
But with defender Lee Spurr also on light duties at training, coach Ross Lyon has revealed he’s likely to fly over all three emergencies for the game.
Goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne will miss Saturday’s match after being ruled out for at least seven weeks because of a torn pectoral.
Ballantyne underwent surgery earlier this week and Lyon said the procedure went well.
“There were some things that went to our advantage in that it was a really clean tear,” Lyon said.
“The reattachment went really, really well. There wasn’t a lot of damage.
“The surgeon said, ‘We’ll allow you back in a minimum period of time’. So we’re really optimistic. But again, you’ve just got to let it run its course.”
Meanwhile, Lyon was quick to share a joke when asked whether the club was interested in luring Sydney speedster Lewis Jetta their way.
Jetta’s current deal at the Swans runs out at the end of the season and he’s considering a move back home to Western Australia.
“Yeah, I was unaware, but we’ve got COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) given to us as well,” Lyon joked.
“Everyone who is out of contract is coming.
“I understand the question because he’s ex-WA.