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Dockers in crisis as injury bites

  • Dockers in crisis as injury bites

    PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Dockers coach Ross Lyon addresses the players at the three quarter time break during the round nine AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Richmond Tigers at Domain Stadium on May 21, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Fremantle veteran Matthew Pavlich will be put through his paces at training on Wednesday before a call is made on his availability for Friday night's AFL clash with Collingwood at the MCG.

But veteran Matt de Boer and forward Tanner Smith are set for lengthy stints on the sidelines after picking up injuries over the weekend.

Pavlich starred in last week's 17-point win over Port Adelaide, booting four goals to help lift his side to their third win on the trot.

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The 34-year-old looked fresh after missing the previous week with a groin injury.

But with the Collingwood game coming off a six-day break - combined with a trip to Melbourne - coach Ross Lyon says he'll consider resting Pavlich against Collingwood.

Fremantle held ruckman/forward Jack Hannath out of WAFL duties on Sunday in the event they'll need him to replace Pavlich against the Magpies.

Defender Garrick Ibbotson is also pushing for a recall after making a successful return from a fractured wrist via the WAFL.

Ibbotson tallied 24 disposals and nine marks in a promising display, while Clancee Pearce finished with 19 possessions in his first game back from concussion.

But Smith is set to miss up to eight weeks after injuring his hamstring against the Power.

And de Boer's hopes of winning an AFL recall were dashed when injured his knee in the WAFL, ruling him out of action for up to six weeks.

The Magpies have lost three games on the trot, heaping further pressure on coach Nathan Buckley.

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