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Fremantle Dockers coach Ross Lyon wants players to follow on-field leaders

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has challenged his players to live up to the example set by two on-field leaders as the Dockers try to break their travelling duck against Carlton at Etihad Stadium tomorrow.

He wanted his players to play in a manner that reflected their respect for skipper Nat Fyfe, who plays his 150th game. And they should be aiming to reflect the courage shown by defender Alex Pearce, who battled on with a broken thumb in the win against Adelaide last Sunday.

Fremantle have three big inclusions for the game. Aaron Sandilands returns after missing two games with concussion, Stephen Hill has missed two with a quad strain and Fyfe missed last weekend’s win over the Crows through suspension.

But as big as the ins are, the Dockers without Pearce will still be one tall defender light against a Carlton attack that includes Charlie Curnow and welcomes back Levi Casboult.

“Alex has been a key pillar in defence. He played with great courage last week with that broken thumb,” Lyon said.

“He set some high standards for those who play this weekend about how you compete and never give up. Hopefully they play with that level of spirit.”

Lyon said the Dockers should respect Fyfe’s contribution through their efforts.

“His story is about working really hard and building his body and competing really strongly. He has displayed great acts of courage playing with the broken leg and shoulder. He’s performed at the highest level.

“What is important is that the playing group delivers the effort that shows the esteem we hold Nathan in.”

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