Fremantle pair Stephen Hill and Zac Dawson remain just a 50-50 chance to take on AFL powerhouses Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday, but forward Chris Mayne has been declared a certain starter by coach Ross Lyon.
Midfielder Hill (ankle) and defender Dawson (knee) were sorely missed in last week’s 24-point loss to Essendon, and face a race against time to prove their fitness to take on the Magpies.
Mayne booted four goals against the Bombers, but injured his ankle late in the match when he collided heavily with teammate Greg Broughton.
However, Lyon was confident Mayne would have no trouble fronting up against Collingwood.
Hill, one of Fremantle’s best line-breaking midfielders, and Dawson will be further assessed later this week.
The Dockers will be boosted by the return from suspension of goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne, while rebounding defender Paul Duffield and forward Michael Walters will also come into the selection mix.
Collingwood will again be without star midfielder Scott Pendlebury, who hopes to return from a leg injury in a fortnight.
Lyon said his team learned valuable lessons from their loss to the Bombers.
“We really feel we’re on the right path and we’re playing a good brand of football,” Lyon told Perth radio station 6PR.
“As we keep adding some experience back in like Hill and (Nat) Fyfe and those types - we’re really excited about the next 10 weeks.”