Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe could have an opportunity to get a precious edge over Carlton’s Patrick Cripps within the Brownlow medal race throughout Sunday’s AFL conflict at Optus Stadium.
Followers have been robbed of what would have been an epic showdown between Fyfe and Cripps after the Carlton skipper had been compelled to tug out with a foot harm.
Fyfe and Cripps are rated among the many favourites to win this yr’s Brownlow medal, together with Geelong’s Tim Kelly and Brisbane’s Lachie Neale.
Cripps has averaged 27.5 possessions and eight.three clearances per sport this season, and his absence is a big blow to Carlton’s hopes of inflicting a boilover.
The 24-year-old would possibly miss as much as two weeks with the harm, giving Fyfe an amazing likelihood to spice up his personal Brownlow hopes.
The Blues have additionally misplaced ahead Harry McKay (groin) and speedster David Cuningham (knee soreness).
Fyfe has averaged 30 disposals and eight clearances per sport this season, together with his standout type serving to Fremantle to construct a 7-6 file.
The Dockers’ finals hopes have been dented by final week’s 14-point loss to Melbourne, they usually can’t afford to lose to the lowly Blues.
Out-of-favour Fremantle ahead Cam McCarthy has been recalled to interchange Jesse Hogan (foot), whereas Adam Cerra and Bailey Banfield additionally come into the aspect.
Stephen Hill (hamstring) and Taylin Duman (axed) exit.
The Blues welcome again Liam Jones for his first sport for the reason that star defender’s concussion within the round-seven loss to North Melbourne.
Matthew Kennedy and Jack Silvagni additionally return.
Carlton led Fremantle by 13 factors at halftime in final yr’s conflict at Optus Stadium, earlier than the Dockers tore the sport aside with a seven-goals-to-nil third time period.
The Blues have carried out nicely below caretaker coach David Teague, however Sunday’s conflict with out Cripps and main goalkicker McKay can be an enormous take a look at of their mettle.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has been impressed by what he’s seen in current weeks from Carlton.
“The plain factor is that they’re shifting the ball a bit faster,” Lyon stated.
“They’re flowing, they’re in all probability taking a number of extra dangers and their midfield has been actually robust.
“They’re taking part in with an actual spirit and dedication.”