Fremantle best and fairest David Mundy is in doubt for the start of the home and away season as he battles to recover from the leg injury he suffered midway through last year.

Mundy has barely been seen at Dockers training this year and had already been ruled out of the start of the NAB Cup. But this morning, coach Ross Lyon revealed the star onballer was battling to be ready for the round one game against Geelong too.

“He’s in rehabilitation. He clearly had some setbacks,” Lyon said.

“He had a significant operation and had a setback. He’s around here today in rehabilitation, sort of running and jogging. He’s still a way off.

“Speaking to him, he thinks he’s a chance for round one. I said you’re being a bit optimistic but those great players tend to prove you wrong. I’m hoping that’s what’s going to occur.”

Mundy will be joined on the sidelined by key defenders Luke McPharlin, Antoni Grover and Alex Silvagni so St Kilda recruit Zac Dawson is likely to work alongside Michael Johnson and Peter Faulks.

Lyon said draftee Lachie Neale has earned his place in the team after an impressive pre-season which included a solid performance in last week’s intra club game.

“Lachie Neale as a first year player, will play,” Lyon said.

“He’s come out in the intra club and got a couple of touches so he’s got a bit of work to do yet.

“But a lot of our young, first year players have done the bulk of training. It’s as much their attitude and enthusiasm and vibrancy that we’ve been impressed with.

“It is a big load. It’s a big step up. At this stage he hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s done a lot right.”

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