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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

What Fyfe needs to do to recover for Derby


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With Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe facing a race against time to be fit for the Western Derby against the West Coast Eagles, Dockers legend Matthew Pavlich has outlined the steps ahead of the Brownlow Medallist.

Fyfe was extremely groggy after a head-clash with St Kilda's Josh Battle in the third quarter of Fremantle's five-point win over the Saints and remains a game-time decision for Saturday night's blockbuster clash.

"There's a fair bit to get right," Pavlich exclusively told Wide World of Sports.

"He'll have the symptoms monitored pretty closely by the doctors over the next 24-48 hours.

Nat Fyfe

"He'll have to be symptom-free, so no headaches, he'll have to be sleeping well, no drowsiness, all those things that are normally associated with a concussion. He'll have to tick that box off first."

Following the first step of the process, the star midfielder will then be put through a specific test which is undertaken during a pre-season according to Pavlich.

"The second one will be the (cognitive) state test," he said.

"All the players do a baseline computerised card test in the pre-season and then when a player is concussed, they then re-test and the results of that re-test after they've been concussed will have to be very close if not almost identical to that baseline test. He'll probably do that Wednesday.

Ross Lyon

"He'll then do some light training and if he has no symptoms after that, he'll probably do a part of the main training session on Thursday. If all is fine after that, he'll finally be available to play."

The factor that is working against the Dockers star is that his side has just six days to turn around from its Round 3 clash to the meeting with the Eagles.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, while he admitted that his captain was "progressing well", Fremantle coach Ross Lyon left the door open on Fyfe's availability.

"He texted me (today) just to say 'G'day' and said 'I'm progressing pretty well'," Lyon said.

Jesse Hogan

"(I) understand there's been huge focus on Nathan with his concussion. There is clear mandated AFL process and protocol to step through.

"Our medical team are all over that, and I'm certain that will progress throughout the week.

"I spoke to him after the game twice. He was in pretty good spirits, really. 

"Yesterday was a player's day off, he slept well, felt pretty good. You need to be symptom-free and then undergo the (cognitive) test and pass that.

"As we jump through those hoops, we'll know more then, but that's basically all I've got for you."

With Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe facing a race against time to be fit for the Western Derby against the West Coast Eagles, Dockers legend Matthew Pavlich has outlined the steps ahead of the Brownlow Medallist.

Fyfe was extremely groggy after a head-clash with St Kilda's Josh Battle in the third quarter of Fremantle's five-point win over the Saints and remains a game-time decision for Saturday night's blockbuster clash.

"There's a fair bit to get right," Pavlich exclusively told Wide World of Sports.

"He'll have the symptoms monitored pretty closely by the doctors over the next 24-48 hours.

Nat Fyfe

"He'll have to be symptom-free, so no headaches, he'll have to be sleeping well, no drowsiness, all those things that are normally associated with a concussion. He'll have to tick that box off first."

Following the first step of the process, the star midfielder will then be put through a specific test which is undertaken during a pre-season according to Pavlich.

"The second one will be the (cognitive) state test," he said.

"All the players do a baseline computerised card test in the pre-season and then when a player is concussed, they then re-test and the results of that re-test after they've been concussed will have to be very close if not almost identical to that baseline test. He'll probably do that Wednesday.

Ross Lyon

"He'll then do some light training and if he has no symptoms after that, he'll probably do a part of the main training session on Thursday. If all is fine after that, he'll finally be available to play."

The factor that is working against the Dockers star is that his side has just six days to turn around from its Round 3 clash to the meeting with the Eagles.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, while he admitted that his captain was "progressing well", Fremantle coach Ross Lyon left the door open on Fyfe's availability.

"He texted me (today) just to say 'G'day' and said 'I'm progressing pretty well'," Lyon said.

Jesse Hogan

"(I) understand there's been huge focus on Nathan with his concussion. There is clear mandated AFL process and protocol to step through.

"Our medical team are all over that, and I'm certain that will progress throughout the week.

"I spoke to him after the game twice. He was in pretty good spirits, really. 

"Yesterday was a player's day off, he slept well, felt pretty good. You need to be symptom-free and then undergo the (cognitive) test and pass that.

"As we jump through those hoops, we'll know more then, but that's basically all I've got for you."

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