Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich will rejoin full training next week after a frustrating off-season spent recovering from back, hip and Achilles tendon surgery.

The 31-year-old has been on a restricted program since late January but says he remains on course to play in one of the Dockers' final two NAB Cup games.

Pavlich will take part in a football session this weekend with other players not selected in Saturday's pre-season opener against West Coast and Geelong, then hopefully join the full squad early next week.

"I've almost had enough of one-on-one footy training sessions," he said. "I did a pretty solid training session (on Monday) with Ryan Crowley and the fitness staff and a couple of assistant coaches.

"Hopefully I'll be doing the same later this week and likely train in a football session with the guys that miss out on Saturday.

"That will sort of line us up for next week with the group, with some top-up running and whatnot with a view to playing the second-last or last NAB Cup game."

Pavlich said the NAB Cup would give Fremantle a better idea of how far they had come this pre-season.

"Throughout last year we were understanding how Ross wanted us to play," he said.

"But we were making subtle changes as we went, so clearly when we've got competition against other teams … it's going to be great to get a sense of how we match up against the competition this year."

Pavlich, Crowley (chest) and Zac Clarke (groin) were on the sidelines at yesterday's gruelling two-hour session at Fremantle Oval.

Midfielder Lachie Neale, who had heat exhaustion earlier this year, and defender Peter Faulks jogged laps.

The Dockers are expected to use their ruckmen to fill Pavlich's role in the forward line on Saturday.

Aaron Sandilands spent much of yesterday's match simulation at full-forward.

The West Australian

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