Fremantle coach Mark Harvey says veteran Des Headland will travel with the Dockers’ 25-man squad with a chance of facing Geelong in Friday night’s AFL semi-final.

Headland has not played for Fremantle for more than four months after battling injuries for much of the season.

But Harvey says the former Brisbane premiership player will be strongly considered for a place in the team.

“Look he’ll be around the mark, we know how damaging he can be, and he’s a dangerous forward,” he said.

“In finals games it can be hard to score so if you can add to that you look at it.”

Meanwhile Harvey is confident Aaron Sandilands’ knee injury will not affect his ability to compete in ruck contests.

The All-Australian ruckman suffered the injury in last weekend’s win over Hawthorn.

“If you have a look at a lot of Aaron’s ruck duels, no matter where they are, he doesn’t jump a hell of a lot,” Harvey said.

“Once again we’ve got just to see how quickly this injury can come up as to what he can do.”

“Every minute, every hour that goes by, the response has been really positive. That’s all we can judge it on at the moment.

“Naturally, we’d probably like to see in the next 48 hours what he can do so at some stage we’ll have a look at him over in Melbourne.”

When asked whether Sandilands would need to rest up forward instead of spend time on the bench in order to prevent his knee from seizing up, Harvey said: “We’ll probably keep him on the ground a bit longer, which should be a headache for Geelong”.

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