Nat Fyfe has revealed he is still in the frame for Saturday night's derby showdown with West Coast, but looks likely to leave a decision until the eleventh hour.
The Fremantle skipper admitted on Wednesday he was still feeling symptoms of a concussion he suffered in a nasty head clash during last Sunday's match against St Kilda, but was hopeful he could undergo strict cognitive tests by Friday if the symptoms subsided.
The Brownlow medallist's availability for the 49th Western Derby looked grim after he was helped groggily from the ground in the third term at Optus Stadium and missed a light training session with teammates at Cottesloe Oval on Wednesday.
But the 27-year-old gave Dockers fans hope he would recover in time for the 6.10pm bouncedown, barely 18 hours after Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said he was "more unlikely than likely to play".
"Ive been sleeping really well," Fyfe told reporters after his teammates took part in the 30-minute session on Wednesday.
"Ive had a bad concussion before and this is a lot better than that. Im actually not that bad.
"I can't really say too much at this point … just see how the rest of the week unfolds [and] do the usual testing.
"You cant pass the test until youve got no symptoms so I wont be able to sit them until then."
Should Fyfe not get up in time, a host of young Dockers are primed to take his place.
Mitch Crowden (32 disposals), Stefan Giro (24 disposals, one goal), Tom North (26 disposals) and Sam Switkowski (17 disposals and seven inside 50s) put their hands up for selection after strong performances at WAFL affiliate club Peel Thunder last weekend.
Renewed optimism among Fyfe's teammates came as they welcomed Harley Bennell back on the training track after an ongoing battle with recurring calf injuries and confirmation talented utility Connor Blakely could return from a pre-season hamstring injury ahead of time for the round six clash with the Bulldogs in Perth.
Doubts over Fyfe didn't dampen off-season signing Reece Conca's enthusiasm of an upset against the reigning premiers after an emerging Dockers midfield group covered their captain's loss to record a gritty five-point win over the fast-finishing Saints.
"We've got guys who can come in and play their role and we've got a system that obviously stacks up," Conca told AFL.com.au on Wednesday.
"Obviously (to see Fyfe concussed) was not the greatest thing … Nat's an inspirational leader and captain and it was a very tight game at that point."
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