Dockers ace in fitness race

04 May 2021 19:58:06 GMTPlus10

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir says Luke Ryan is struggling to make this weekend's clash against Brisbane Lions as he battles with a calf issue.

Ryan was forced to sit out the derby defeat against West Coast on Sunday and Longmuir fears the game against the Lions may also come too soon.

The loss of Ryan was a big setback and Longmuir would love to have the All-Australian back in his side, but he will not be rushing him.

"We’re hoping Luke Ryan might only miss one game but that could string out to two games given when he did it in the week," Longmuir told Sportsday Victoria.

"Sometimes if you do it earlier in the week, you give yourself a little bit more time but he did it towards the end of the week.

"Other than that, we’ve just got to battle with what we’ve got at the moment."

Fremantle have been hit by a host of injury issues but there is some light at the end of the tunnel with some key players closing in on a return.

"We do look like we’ll get a few back, including Alex Pearce, in probably two or three weeks so we’ve just got to hold out until then," he added.

Meanwhile Longmuir has said with no supporters allowed at Optus Stadium this week, there is a good chance the game will be switched to the Gabba.

"I think it’s very likely," he said. "As a club we haven’t got final confirmation but the way it sits over here at the moment, the fixture could be in turmoil if we have more cases.

"I think the likelihood is that we will move the fixture and we’ll play at home later in the season against Brisbane."

Fremantle are priced at 101.00 to win the AFL grand final.

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