Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe will undergo surgery on an elbow injury that dates back to last year after the AFLX tournament on Friday night.
Fyfe has been bothered by an inflamed bursa on his elbow for some time but suffered a knock which made it worse a few weeks back. Dockers GM of football Peter Bell confirmed on Saturday that the superstar will go under the knife.
However, Fyfe is not expected to be out for long, and may still be ready for Fremantle's first JLT Community Series pre-season game in just over a week.
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"The plan is going to go in for a small procedure, it might require a one-night stay, but it will be a really minor procedure," Bell told 6PR.
"I would not think it would be getting into the weeks, I think he would be back in full training really, really fast and then we'll just manage with how he gets through that whether he's JLT1 or JLT2, we're confident he will be playing a major part in the preseason games. "
Fyfe captained the Flyers in the AFLX tournament, with his side losing the Grand Final to Jack Riewoldt's Rampage. He wore a sleeve which the midfielder said was a tribute to NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Fremantle and Fyfe discussed when the surgery would be required and determined he was fine to play AFLX before undergoing the procedure.
"You did not make a decision to send someone off for surgery flippantly, but he got a knock on it a couple of weeks ago and it swell up," Bell said.
"He said it was really painful and when Nat Fyfe says something's painful … he's the guy who played with a broken leg for a game a few years ago for a quarter or so and played really well so he's obviously got a really high pain threshold. "
Both of the Dockers' JLT Community Series matches are in Western Australia; first against Collingwood on March 4 in Joondalup, then against West Coast on March 10 in Mandurah.