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Fremantle Dockers: Griffin Logue set for late-season comeback, Sam Switkowski cleared to play managed minutes

Griffin Logue hasn’t given up on playing again this year, with the athletic defender confirmed for Fremantle’s Far North Queensland stint.

The 22-year-old has been sidelined since the round five win over Adelaide due to a toe injury, but could return as early as the Dockers’ penultimate game of the home-and-season against North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on September 12.

Freo’s injury-hit defence has held up well in the past month with Luke Ryan in All-Australian contention and Brennan Cox improving out of sight.

The out-of-contract Cox has been a surprise packet down back in the absence of injured quartet Logue, Alex Pearce, Joel Hamling and Hayden Young.

He’s rated as above average in ranking points (80), disposals (11.8), contested possessions (4.6), marks (4.4), intercept marks (2.5) and intercept possessions (6.5) for a defender.

Also among next week’s travelling party for the club’s second Queensland hub this season is small forward Sam Switkowski, who will made his long-awaited return from a back injury this weekend.

Switkowski will play managed minutes in a non-AFL scrimmage against GWS Giants’ reserves.

The Dockers will leave long-term injured players behind including defenders Pearce, Hamling and Young (all ankle), midfielder Darcy Tucker (hamstring) and forward Sam Sturt (ankle), who are all out for the season.

Injured Docker Darcy Tucker arrives at the club’s Cockburn headquarters.
Camera IconInjured Docker Darcy Tucker arrives at the club’s Cockburn headquarters. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

“Sam (Switkowski) trained really well on the weekend, so much so that he’s been cleared for some non-AFL match simulation against the Giants on Friday,” Fremantle general manager of football Peter Bell said.

“He’s put in a lot of work and we can’t wait to see him get some minutes and build from there.

“Griffin Logue will travel with the team given he’s potentially around three weeks away.

“We’re leaving behind our long-term injured players, they’ll have a conditioner, physiotherapist and access to medical facilities back here in Perth. They’ll get stuck into their rehab.”

Big man Rory Lobb has been cleared to face the Giants at Optus Stadium on Saturday afternoon after limping off in the third quarter of Fremantle’s big win over Sydney last weekend.

“He just tweaked (his ankle) a little bit. He went off the ground for some assessment and came back and played out the game and he’s pulled up well, which is pleasing,” Bell said.

Travis Colyer (hamstring) is in the mix for a return against Richmond at Metricon Stadium next Wednesday, while uncapped ruck Lloyd Meek will miss at least a fortnight after sustaining a calf injury in Saturday’s scratch match against the Swans.

“We’re thinking that Trav should be available for selection for the game against Richmond,” Bell said.

“It’s all a bit compressed because of the compressed nature of the fixture but he’ll definitely be out this week.

“Lloyd had a minor calf strain so he’ll be out for two to three weeks, which is disappointing for Lloyd but he’ll do the work.”

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