Nathan Fyfe
Nathan Fyfe

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has confirmed Nat Fyfe is certain to return from the shoulder injury that has kept him on the sidelines this weekend against Port Adelaide.

However, the trio of Chris Mayne (calf), Greg Broughton (back) and Zac Dawson (knee) all remain under clouds and will face fitness tests later in the week.

Fyfe, who dislocated his shoulder during a heavy clash with Brisbane's Matt Maguire in Round 3 before hurting it yet again against Carlton in Round 5, looked likely to make a surprise return last week against Greater Western Sydney, but Lyon admitted to taking a cautious approach with the 20-year-old.

"He was right to go last week in a shoulder sense, but we just wanted to give him more and more football," he said.

"I think we are pretty excited to have him back in the team. He will give us an emotional lift, but someone will go out of the team, so that's the downside to it, but we've got to make sure we don't set expectations too high.

"He's been out for 12 weeks, he's certainly fit and raring to go, but we just want him to come in and play a role and reintroduce himself to the brutal business of AFL football."

The Dockers elected for the Claremont product to have shoulder surgery, despite initial thoughts that he may be able to play with the injury for the remainder of the season.

Lyon said he was comfortable with the original decision based on the information at hand.

"I don't think we need to vindicate anything," he said.

"It was the right decision at the right time. It was in the player's best interests it was regardless of the win-loss ratio.

"We just get guided. This is what's best for him and this is the period of rehabilitation and it just happened to be 12 weeks.

"If it was 22 weeks or 26 weeks so be it. Look it's lovely to have player availability and to have him back."

The return of Fyfe is also expected to relieve the pressure on Tendai Mzungu, Matt de Boer and Clancee Pearce who have had to carry the load in Fyfe's absence, particularly earlier in the season when Stephen Hill and David Mundy were also out injured.

Lyon said he was happy to finally have the majority of his midfield - minus unfortunate knee casualty Anthony Morabito - available for selection.

"We're starting to get something we feel in the midfield," Lyon said.

"We feel we've been thin ... (but now) we can challenge a little bit."


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