Fremantle skipper Nathan Fyfe is fit and read to go for the Saturday night clash with Carlton at the MCG, according to Dockers midfield coach Josh Carr.
Speaking on ABC Sports Talk, Carr also said the Dockers were “pumped” to be playing at the MCG after being put on the AFL’s COVID-19 forced fixtures roundabout this week and would not be using travel as an excuse despite the disruption of being rushed out of Perth and not knowing where the game would be played for several days.
Fyfe, who injured his shoulder before the bye against the Western Bulldogs, decided to give himself an extra week to recover and was a late withdrawal from last week’s win over Collingwood.
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“Fyfey is ready to go. Obviously last week he got the all clear but an extra week has been even better. He is definitely ready to go,” Carr said.
Carr said the build up to the game had felt pretty normal once the club had shifted to Melbourne.
“I think we have managed it well. I think the players have managed it well. Everything they would do in Perth they are pretty much getting here,” he said.
“From our point of view it hasn’t felt like it has been disrupted. It was a big day on Tuesday when we hopped on the bus, but from the moment we woke up on Wednesday morning we hopped on the training track and it was one of the better sessions we have had for the year from a training perspective .
“Their preparation has been very good and I don’t see any excuses coming out of that.”
He said news that the game was being played at the MCG after Tasmania and Geelong were ruled out was received with cheers from the players.
“We were pumped. We were at Brighton Grammar for our meetings and touch session and when the news came through and it was broken to the players there were a few cheers that went around. It just shows the excitement of being able to play on the MCG. Once we got the news I think everybody was excited,” he said.
Carr said the Dockers had a plan for gun Carlton midfielders Paddy Cripps and Sam Walsh but ad to be ready to adjust mid-match if plans didn’t work out.
“They are two different players. Cripps is obviously a beast inside and his first possession at clearances is elite,” Carr said.
“Walsh has got a good combination of inside but his running ability on the outside and to get outside of the contest. You have a plan going into the game and there is no doubt that we do for both of them but you have got to be able to adjust in games if something is not working.”