Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has ruled a line through the chances of Anthony Morabito playing later this year despite the dynamic midfielder being ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee reconstruction.

The former No.4 draft pick has been eased into a running program over the past two months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a routine training drill in December.

Speaking to 6PR last night, Harvey said although the club was happy with his progress, Morabito was no chance of lining up for the side regardless of whether they make the finals or not.

“We are probably going to be more conservative with him,” he said.
“In the end, we’ll probably give him 15 or 16 months and make sure he’s right and there’s no recurrence.”

Meanwhile, young defender Nick Suban is almost a certainty to replace injured defender Roger Hayden – who was last night ruled out for the year with a fractured leg – in this Sunday’s western derby.

Suban made his own return from injury with Claremont in the Foxtel Cup at the weekend, tallying ten disposals in a solid effort across half-back.

Another possible inclusion could be three-time All-Australian ruckman Aaron Sandilands, who Harvey rates as a 50-50 chance.

“Aaron’s a guy that I’m sure will be pushing the fitness and strength guys to (allow him to) train and see how it is and see if he’s got the opportunity to play this week,” Harvey said.

West Coast are hopeful of regaining clearance machine Daniel Kerr for the fixture after he was rested last week due to general soreness.

“We are going to have to wait and see,” Eagles assistant coach David Teague told 6PR.“He’s sort of been a 50-50 project all year at this time of the week. He did a 1km run (on Monday) to keep his fitness up.“(His chances) depend on later in the week whether he’s getting to the top-end speed, but we’re hoping. He’s pretty keen to play against Fremantle.”

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