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Fremantle's Rising Star nominee Sam Sturt firms for Lions clash

Fremantle's Rising Star nominee Sam Sturt firms for Lions clash

Fremantle expect young forward Sam Sturt to be available for Saturday’s season-resuming clash against Brisbane at the Gabba.

The round one rising star nominee sustained a lower back injury lifting weights during his 14-day quarantine period after spending the AFL’s coronavirus shutdown period with family in Victoria.

Dockers fitness guru Jason Weber said Sturt was making good progress and played more of Friday’s intra-club match than first planned.

The classy left-footer kicked three goals on debut in the opening round, including two in the final term to nearly snatch a memorable comeback victory over Essendon at Marvel Stadium.

“He trained with the group on Friday for a little bit more than we expected,” Weber told the club website.

“He pulled up really well, we expect him in training this week and to have him available for match selection.”

Weber also gave a promising update on spearhead Jesse Hogan’s fitness, saying he pulled up “very well” from a full scratch match on Friday.

Hogan again impressed at training this morning and appears physically ready for a return from foot and mental health issues.

The former Demon moved well on the lead and out-bodied fellow tall forward Matt Taberner in a couple of one-on-one drills as he nears his first AFL appearance in nearly 12 months.

“Jesse’s doing really well. His fitness was very good coming in. What he hadn’t done was a lot of football practice,” Weber said.

“We progressed him through and were working with him one-on-one to see what he could handle and he was very happy with how things went.

“He recovered very well from Friday’s game so we’re looking forward to seeing how he pulls up this week.”