Fremantle Dockers’ Michael Frederick faces crucial Thursday fitness test before Melbourne Demons clash

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Michael Frederick faces a crucial test at Thursday’s main training session to prove he is fit to take on Melbourne as Fremantle chase more speed.

The Dockers forward missed Friday’s draw against Collingwood with concussion and was this week listed as a test to head to Alice Springs to face the Demons.

He was substituted from the Dockers’ clash with St Kila a fortnight ago after a sickening mid-air collision with Saints defender Jimmy Webster.

Frederick’s looming return would be a welcome one for the Dockers, who injected Sam Switkowski into their midfield setup on Friday night, hunting a more explosive ball-carrier up around stoppages.

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The Dockers are ranked third in the league for winning the first-possession from stoppages but 14th for turning clearances into scores.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Michael Frederick of the Dockers is checked after a heavy collision during the round 10 AFL match between Euro-Yroke (the St Kilda Saints) and Walyalup (the Fremantle Dockers) at Marvel Stadium, on May 18, 2024, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Camera IconMichael Frederick was injured against St Kilda. Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The speedster would present another option for coach Justin Longmuir to use around the ball in Sunday’s clash — plus a much-needed scoring option. Frederick says he is feeling good and planning to play.

“That’s the plan (to play), we have our main session tomorrow morning, so hopefully I’m able to get through and play on the weekend,” he told TAB Radio.

“We had a light session (on Tuesday) and I did some tackling and things like that, it was all controlled, but I got through fine and pulle up fine from that.”

Coach Justin Longmuir told 7NEWS on Tuesday night the important forward still had “a few boxes to tick” at Thursday’s main training.

Amid criticism over the Dockers’ ball movement, Frederick admitted the Dockers tried to force things against the Magpies.

“Obviously there are some patches in games where we kind of let ourselves down with skills and maybe we might force it a little bit too much,” he said.

“I think if we kind of play our way and take what the oppo give us we will play a good brand of footy and an exciting brand of footy.”

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