I pulled up pretty well, says Pav
Pavlich receiving treatment against Melbourne. Picture: Iain Gillespie / The West Australian.

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich says his groin and Achilles tendon problems are better than they have been in several weeks and he is confident of joining teammates for a training session on Thursday before leaving to face Geelong in an elimination final.

Pavlich, who returned to the Fremantle team and kicked two goals in a 61-point win against Melbourne at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night, also dismissed any interest in winning the Coleman Medal.

"I didn't watch a second of the game yesterday (Richmond versus Port Adelaide where Jack Riewoldt kicked six goals to win the medal)," he said. "It wasn't a consideration on Saturday night. It is negligent of an athlete to go out there focusing on individual awards when you are in a team game.

"I am just rapt to be in a finals series. I couldn't give much consideration at all to that award."

Pavlich played a moderate game by his lofty 2012 standards on Saturday, held to 15 touches and two goals by James Frawley.

He revealed yesterday his training regime had been severely limited by his injuries but said his body was feeling good and he was looking forward to more training this week.

"Going into the game I was still a bit sore and I only trained lightly but was really pleased to have got through the game and that gives me great confidence going into the next week," he said.

"I pulled up pretty well and will be aiming to train later in the week, probably Thursday, before we fly out which would be, speaking openly, the first main training session I have had for a number of weeks.

"I am in a lot better position than I have been in for a few weeks."

Pavlich nominated Antoni Grover, Alex Silvagni and Dylan Roberton as the three players likely to compete for the spot left vacant by the injured Luke McPharlin, who is unlikely to play again this season unless Fremantle reach a preliminary final.

"Luke is a very good player and has definitely been one of the form defenders of the competition this year and he is a vital part of our back line," Pavlich said.

"It certainly provides an opportunity for an Alex Silvagni or an Antoni Grover or even a Dylan Roberton to come in and fill that void.

"We are all feeling for Luke but to be frank it is about the next person stepping up. He will prepare as best he can for the finals series.

"I know Luke really well and he will be making sure that he assists all of the defenders this week to prepare as best they can for Saturday night."

Coach Ross Lyon said McPharlin would undergo a normal hamstring rehabilitation and would miss "two to three weeks".

But the seasoned finals coach, heading into his fifth September in as many years, backed his team and its systems to hold up in the face of a quality opponent.

"We will go down and focus on what we need to do, play the footy we have been playing and we'll stand up," he said.

"I have got no doubt about that.

"The past counts for nothing. When the ball is bounced we all start equal. We believe in our game plan. We believe in each other."

The West Australian

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