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Shoulder injury set to rule out Fyfe

November 19, 2014 10:55:30 UK

Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe is set to miss Saturday’s International Rules Test between Australia and Ireland.

The Dockers’ 2014 best and fairest injured his shoulder playing in a practice match against a NSW Gaelic side in Sydney.

It will leave the Australian team without one of the game’s biggest draw-cards, and with just one Perth-based player in the game at Patersons Stadium – West Coast Eagles’ Nic Naitanui.

Fremantle, who are 8.00 to win the 2015 Grand Final, said in a statement early indications were that the injury to Fyfe was not serious, but it would be assessed in the next few days.

“I’ve loved the experience over the last few days and meeting players from across the competition, and it’s incredibly disappointing to miss out,” said Fyfe.

The injury happened as he dived for a mark and landed the wrong way, he revealed.

An AFL statement said Australian team management had consulted with medical staff and decided it was not worth risking the player.

I’ve loved the experience over the last few days and meeting players from across the competition, and it’s incredibly disappointing to miss out,

Nat Fyfe

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon, who is an assistant coach with the Australian squad, said Fyfe had suffered a minor AC joint sprain.

On arriving in Perth, Lyon said the midfielder would not be completely ruled out of the game until he had been properly assessed.

“It’s at the minor end and certainly with Alastair Clarkson and the AFL it is a ‘no risk’ policy,” said Lyon. “He was in a degree of discomfort but he’s got off the plane feeling really well.

“We’ll have a scan tomorrow. It’s more than likely to discount him. But in saying that if the scan was positive and he felt good we would try and get Nathan up.”

The Irish team played their practice match on Sunday in Melbourne and picked up two minor injuries.

Brisbane Lions midfielder Pearce Hanley was bumped on the jaw in a third-quarter collision that led to him being withdrawn for the final term, while Darren Hughes hurt his right quad in the third quarter.

Australia are 1.53 to win the International Rules Test, with Ireland 2.50 and the tie 21.00.

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