Star Fremantle midfielder David Mundy is a chance to play in the club's opening NAB Cup fixtures against Geelong and West Coast at Patersons Stadium next weekend after training strongly yesterday morning.
Mundy, who sent a scare through the Dockers when he hurt an ankle at a stoppage drill early last week, did not take part in the club's first intraclub hit-out at Paterson's Stadium, instead training with nine other squad members before the practice match.
But he moved freely in a testing work-out and football manager Chris Bond later said a decision on his availability for the NAB Cup would be made early next week.
Fremantle's biggest problem next week could be finding a functional forward line, with several potential marking targets training rather than playing in the intraclub game and Zac Clarke sitting out the session.
Bond said Clarke had "pulled up a bit sore" yesterday morning but was still a chance for next week.
Captain Matthew Pavlich remains the most conspicuous certain absentee from the Dockers' first NAB Cup fixtures. Pavlich trained with Mundy yesterday but has been pencilled in for a return to match practice in the last two weeks of the NAB Cup.
The captain only recently returned to on-field training after undergoing hip, back and Achilles tendon surgery.
Forward options Chris Mayne and Kepler Bradley were others to train rather than play in the intraclub match yesterday.
In better news, tagger Ryan Crowley, who had off-season hip surgery and has been eased into training late in the summer, ran strongly to come into contention.
The news that Mundy is back on the track is good for Dockers fans who remember his ankle and lower- leg problems in the second half of 2011.
Mundy sustained syndesmosis, a joint separation injury, mid-season and aggravated it trying to return towards the end of the season.
He was short on preparation and confidence for much of last year.
Bond said Pavlich was the only high-profile NAB Cup omission the club could confirm at this stage.
Mundy, Crowley and Mayne would be assessed after the weekend.
"We are just not going to rush anyone in for this," Bond said.