Fremantle ruck linchpin Aaron Sandilands says the turf-toe injury that sidelined him for ninegames last year has healed and he has returned to “100 per cent” health.

“The rest over the off-season did it the world of good and I’m back training 100 per cent and really happy with the way it feels,” he said.

“The fitness staff have varied my program a little bit.

“We didn’t end up going down (the surgery) path, we went down the rest path and let it heal naturally.

“It’s done that now and we did some strength work in that area of my foot and it’s back to 100 per cent now.”

Fremantle this week had a squad of 36 players return for the first week back from Christmas break.

Among them was a fully recovered Michael Barlow, while missing were midfielders Anthony Morabito (knee), Nat Fyfe (groin), David Mundy (ankle) and forward Chris Mayne (knee).

Mundy and Mayne are expected to return to full training this month, with 36 players out on the track.

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