Blow to Dockers as Nat Fyfe set to miss derby


It is tipped to evolve that the 2015 Brownlow winner and two-time league MVP will be further monitored in his recovery ahead of a trip to Canberra to confront an exciting Great Western Sydney on Saturday-week.

The champion play-maker was understood to be still troubled with signs of concussion immediately after Sunday’s clash in Dockers change rooms and into Monday as officials remained tight-lipped on Fyfe’s progress.

Some of the star follower’s teammates are already resigned to tackling West Coast without their captain and clearance specialist.

Fyfe missing the derby will open way for a recall to small utility Mitch Crowden with Fremantle selectors also contemplating a return of big young ruckman Sean Darcy to take on experienced West Coast pair Nathan Vardy and Tom Hickey.

Dockers import Rory Lobb led the Dockers ruck almost single-handed in Sunday’s five-point win over St Kilda, but is likely to need assistance against the powerhouse West Coast duo.

Darcy, 20, missed the clash with a thigh injury.

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If Darcy is recalled to work in tandem with Lobb, Dockers team management will have to consider dropping either key forward Matt Taberner or Cam McCarthy, who have both endured mixed personal returns across the opening three engagements.

West Coast will monitor premiership defender Liam Duggan in his recovery from a nagging knee injury he suffered in the Eagles big home win over the Giants and then missed Saturday’s impressive win over Collingwood in Melbourne.

Duggan, 22, potentially resuming appears the only selection dilemma for West Coast along with claims from young forward Jake Waterman with his five goals in the Eagles reserves game in the WAFL and possibly Brayden Ainsworth.



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