Nat Fyfe injury 'little setback': Longmuir

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Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir believes Nat Fyfe's latest injury is merely a "road-bump" for the dual Brownlow medallist.

The Dockers are licking their wounds following Friday night's draw against Richmond at Marvel Stadium.

The 52-all result could mean Fremantle drop out of the top-four by the weekend.

But the Dockers are facing another stretch without their captain after Fyfe was subbed out in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.

"(Fyfe's) a pro, he had a smile on his face and got around his teammates so we'll get it scanned," Longmuir said.

"This is a road-bump, the way I see this, because he's got over his big injuries and sometimes when you're trying to come back and trying to be committed, you can have little setbacks.

"Hopefully that's all this is - a little setback."

It has been a frustrating 12 months for Fyfe, who only made his first appearance of the season in round 13 after multiple shoulder surgeries, a knee injury and a back operation since the end of the 2021 campaign.

The 30-year-old was just six games back and now will be racing the clock to be part of the Dockers' first finals campaign since 2015.

Longmuir admits Fremantle have plenty of work to do in the last four games of the home-and-away season, starting with reigning premiers Melbourne next Friday night.

"Sometimes against the teams that bring good pressure, you just need to be elite with your skills," he said.

"I felt like we weren't clean, missed some handballs that were critical."

Versatile tall Rory Lobb was a crucial out against the Tigers with a shoulder injury and is no certainty to face the Demons at Optus Stadium.

Lobb was one of Fremantle's best in the Dockers' stunning 38-point upset of Melbourne at the MCG in round 11.

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