Peel Thunder midfielder Tyrone Thorne has been cleared of serious knee damage and is expected to play round one and potentially earlier.
Thorne went for scans on Monday afternoon after going down with a right knee issue in the opening term of the Thunder’s pre-season victory over West Perth in Mandurah on Saturday.
After initial fears it was a medial or meniscus-related injury, the scans came through all clear in a positive result for one of Peel’s most important players.
The 20-year-old is coming off a career-best season where he won his first Tuckey Medal as the club’s fairest-and-best, averaging 23 possessions, nearly five marks, four tackles and a goal per game.
He was one of six Thunder players added to Fremantle’s 20-man COVID contingency list alongside captain Ben Hancock, Lachie Cullen, Traye Bennell and recruits Wade Derksen and Ty Anderson.
Peel have another pre-season hit-out at their recently-renamed home ground Lane Group Stadium against Perth on Saturday.
Fremantle-listed defender Joel Hamling is free to play after he was cleared of any wrongdoing over an incident involving Falcon Conal Lynch in the third quarter in Saturday’s win.
Their season kicks off against East Fremantle at home on Good Friday.