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Fremantle Dockers likely to have nearly full squad available for first match on the Gold Coast as rehab group shrinks

Fremantle Dockers likely to have nearly full squad available for first match on the Gold Coast as rehab group shrinks

Fremantle could have as many as 46 of their 48-player squad available when their coronavirus-affected season resumes on the Gold Coast next month.

Coach Justin Longmuir was delighted with his side’s diminishing injury list, with just defensive duo Alex Pearce and Joel Hamling (both ankle) unrealistic for round two.

Blake Acres (hamstring), David Mundy (leg) and Nathan Wilson (toe) were among those to impress on the training track at Cockburn this week, making the most of the AFL’s two-month coronavirus shutdown period.

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The club is also cautiously optimistic about star forward Jesse Hogan, who made his long-awaited return to training on Monday after a mental health break.

“It’s been a positive for this period for us, we’ve been able to get a lot of players doing little mini pre-seasons in a sense to get ready for round two,” Longmuir said.

“I think at this stage it will be Pearce and probably Hamling that won’t be available.

Justin Longmuir, Senior coach of the Dockers addresses his players during the 2020 AFL Round 1 match.

“Some other players will probably be treading a fine line but by round three or four, we’ll have the majority of the squad fit and available.”

Longmuir was unsure how many of the squad would travel to the Gold Coast for their month-long hub on June 8 and what the fringe players would do for match practice without second-tier competitions available to them.

More to come.