Dockers hope skipper will return for derby

30 June 2020 18:47:49 GMTPlus10

Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe could miss the next two rounds with a hamstring injury.

The Dockers hope the dual Brownlow medallist will be fit for the derby against West Coast in Round 7.

Fyfe injured his right hamstring when he pulled up short while running late in the third quarter of the 13-point loss to Gold Coast.

Scans confirmed a low-grade injury and the club's high performance manager Jason Weber said the results were "quite positive".

Weber added: "He's got a small amount of damage, very much to the outside of the muscle so we've only listed him as one to two weeks."

Asked about the duration of the three-time All-Australian's injury, Weber said: "[That] will really depend on how he pulls up. Nat's quite the consummate professional, he heals well and looks after himself so we'll be challenging Nat all the way along."

Sunday's clash with Adelaide will leave either Fremantle or the Crows with an 0-5 record - the Dockers are currently above Matthew Nicks' side on percentage.

In the frame to take on Adelaide, who have lost their last three games by at least 37 points, will be Sam Sturt.

The Rising Star nominee has recovered from his ankle injury and will have a fitness test ahead of the game at Metricon Stadium.

Ruckman Sean Darcy has pulled up well from the weekend's practice match and could also come into the side.

Blake Acres, who has been out with a calf problem, is in with a chance of playing his first game for the Dockers since he switched from St KIlda at the end of last year.

Weber said key back Joel Hamling was receiving further treatment on his ankle.

"There's been some well documented challenges but his attitude is strong and we'll get him moving as soon as we can," he added.

Fremantle are 13/20 to win their next game against Adelaide, who are 13/10.

The Dockers are 91/100 conceding a 7.5-points start.

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