Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe is back running again after off-season shoulder surgery and confident enough to be eyeing Round 1
Dual Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe is backing himself to be ready for Fremantle’s season opener against Adelaide as his recovery continues from a shoulder reconstruction.
Fyfe underwent a shoulder reconstruction in July after multiple in-season dislocations but went under the knife again in October after his recovery “plateaued” and scans revealed a bone crack.
A bacterial infection was also discovered in the second operation, meaning the Dockers’ captain required a dose of antibiotics.
But an optimistic Fyfe said at Fremantle’s Festive Long Lunch that he was on track to play against the Crows at Adelaide Oval on March 20.
“I’ve had a bit of a tumultuous off-season but now I’ve done five running sessions since coming back and I’m getting my strength back into (the shoulder),” Fyfe said.
“On Tuesday, it will be seven weeks since the operation. By about 12 to 13 weeks, I’ll be back to full training and by mid-February, I’ll be in full contact and ready for Round 1.”
Fyfe said his rehabilitation was ahead of schedule but added a disclaimer to that belief.
“Yes, but I’ve normally felt bulletproof after surgeries — with a recurrence, it’s been quite humbling and a day-by-day process,” he said.
“At this stage, everything is exactly where it’s supposed to be.”
The 30-year-old has played 15 or fewer games in four of the past six seasons and will be keen for a better injury run next year as the Dockers prepare for a realistic finals assault.