Longmuir allays Fyfe injury concerns

18 December 2020 21:34:03 GMTPlus11

Fremantle Dockers coach Justin Longmuir has played down fitness concerns over Nat Fyfe and says he will be good to go for the start of pre-season.

A selection of Dockers players are already back in training ahead of the 2021 AFL campaign, but players like Fyfe in their fifth year upward are only due back from 6th January.

That is not to say the Dockers superstar is taking it easy. Longmuir has confirmed Fyfe is training in the state's south-west and has also cooled fears over an elbow infection that has been bothering the midfielder.

"It was nothing, I think he had an infection or something along those lines (and) it blew up for a day or two," Longmuir said when quizzed about his skipper.

"He's doing a really solid training block in Margaret River somewhere and he'll be right to go come pre-season."

In other injury news for the Dockers, midfielder Darcy Tucker is only expected to return to full training in January as he continues to recover from a serious hamstring injury.

According to Longmuir, forward Sam Sturt is expected to resume running after Christmas after just undergoing a second smaller operation to fix his ankle issues.

Key forward Matt Taberner made an early return to training on Wednesday of this week but it was noted that he stayed away from the main group.

Draftees Heath Chapman, Joel Western and Josh Treacy all trained for the first time as the Dockers ease their way back ahead of the new season.

The Dockers are priced at 50/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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