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Fremantle rule out Michael Walters for clash with Collingwood while captain Nat Fyfe could return

Nat Fyfe could return to face Collingwood on Sunday, but there’s bad news for a number of his teammates.

Michael Walters (hamstring) and Jesse Hogan (calf) will miss the clash with the Pies, while it has been confirmed young Darcy Tucker won’t play again this season.

“Darcy was forced forward (in the match against Geelong) and it damaged the hamstring,” Fremantle’s high performance manager Jason Weber said.

“He’ll be going for surgery later this week and we’ll move forward from there.

“Jesse (Hogan) ran this morning with the group and looks like another week probably.”

Weber was unable to give a return date on Walters, who limped off late in the loss to Geelong. He joins defenders Alex Pearce (season), Joel Hamling (no timeframe given), Griffin Logue (seven-nine weeks), Hayden Young (7-11 weeks) and Sam Switkowski (on timeframe given) on the sidelines.

“He cramped quite late, he came off and we kept him off as a precaution,” Weber said.

“At this stage, it’s just a watch and see to see how he recovers.”

Stephen Hill is set to miss at least another week due to an adductor strain, while Sam Sturt (ankle) and Stefan Giro (ankle) are also sidelined.

“Stefan’s been really good, he’s turned a corner a couple of weeks ago so we’re looking to try and progress him into football this week and, hopefully, see him back from a long lay-off in the next few weeks,” Weber said.

“Sam’s probably gone a little bit slower than we hoped with his ankle. He had damage from a marking contest at the end of training a couple of weeks ago. He’s progressing along and we’re looking forward to seeing him in a few weeks.”

In some rare good news on the injury front for Fremantle, Fyfe (hamstring) trained strongly on Wednesday with a decision to be made on Friday.

“Nat’s had a really strong training progression over the past couple of weeks,” Weber said.

“He had an excellent session this morning with the group and he’ll be available for main training on Friday.”

Brennan Cox (hip) could also return after he was a late withdrawal in the loss to the Cats on Monday night.

“Brennan’s done some testing this week and things are looking really good. He’ll be a test later in the week but it’s looking really positive for him.”

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