Fyfe hammy won’t foil Freo finals shot
FREMANTLE midfielder Nathan Fyfe claims he feels “a million dollars” as he tries to prove his fitness for Saturday’s AFL qualifying final against Sydney at Domain Stadium.
But ruckman Jon Griffin has already been ruled out of the Perth clash because of a hamstring injury.
Fyfe has missed the past two matches because of inflammation in his left leg, but coach Ross Lyon said the Brownlow Medal favourite was a good chance to return.
“I spoke to him today,” Lyon said. ‘‘He feels a million bucks. And the conditioners and physios are really confident that he’ll be fine.
“But the next hurdle is he’ll train over the next few days and do our main session on Thursday, and then he’ll need to declare himself (fit).”
The Dockers are set to recall up to 14 players for the qualifying final, with Matthew Pavlich, Luke McPharlin, Michael Johnson, David Mundy, Aaron Sandilands and Stephen Hill among the rested stars who will return.
Lyon warned Sydney and the Dockers’ other flag hopefuls they would need their finest footy in Perth.
He confidently predicted prospects of raising his scoring potential by at least two more goals with the expected return of Hayden Ballantyne and Michael Walters after injury.
The Dockers dipped in scoring to rank 12th after winning a first minor premiership with a club record 17 wins.