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Blue blow: Fremantle Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe already ruled out of Carlton clash with concussion

Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe has officially been ruled out of Fremantle’s round three clash against Carlton after being subbed out of the Dockers win over Greater Western Sydney with concussion.
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Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe has officially been ruled out of Fremantle’s round three clash against Carlton after being subbed out of the Dockers win over Greater Western Sydney with concussion.

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir confirmed his two-time Brownlow medallist suffered a concussion after an off the ball hit from Giant Sam Reid sent Fyfe tumbling to the turf at Optus Stadium.

Reid is expected to come under scrutiny from the Match Review Officer for the hit.

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With the AFL introducing a new 12-day return to play protocol following a concussion, Fyfe won’t travel with his team to face Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Sunday but will be able to return for Fremantle’s round four clash against Hawthorn.

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But the 29-year-old also has a history of head knocks, suffering two serious instances of concussion throughout his career including a sickening head clash with St Kilda’s Josh Battle in 2019 which left him unconscious.

Longmuir said Fyfe was in better spirts after the game but he would have to pass a series of tests before he is approved to return to play.

“He’s good in the change rooms now,” Longmuir said.

“He’s up and about, getting around his teammates but we subbed him out of the game.

“What that means for the next few weeks I’m not sure.

“We tread carefully with all concussions.

“He won’t be passed fit to play until he ticks every box with our doctors which is the same with every player in every situation.”

Nat Fyfe talks with teammates after Freo’s win.
Camera IconNat Fyfe talks with teammates after Freo’s win. Credit: Paul Kane/via AFL Photos

Fyfe has previously voiced his concerns for the way concussion is treated.

“We’ve come a long way I think, even in my time, with how we deal with concussion,” Fyfe told Seven News following his 2019 head knock against St Kilda.

“I’ve had a lot of injuries over my career and concussion still sits at the top of the list, so I’ll be taking this extremely seriously.”

After playing forward for large stints of the game, Longmuir said Fremantle’s thinning injury list would be able to cover Fyfe’s absence against the Blues.

Michael Walters is on the verge of returning from a hamstring injury while key forward Josh Treacy is eligible for selection after the Dockers fought for the draftee to serve his two-game WAFL ban during the AFL season.

“We'll start getting some players back from injury now and that causes selection headaches,” Longmuir said.

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