Key midfielder David Mundy is expected to return for Fremantle on Saturday after being on the verge of selection for last Saturday’s 13-point loss to the Sydney Swans.

Senior coach Ross Lyon said it was “great to have some experience and leadership available for selection” and the 2010 club champion had given himself “every chance” to play this week.

“He’s trained, we’ll have selection and put the team in tonight … but he’s a very good chance,” the coach said.

“I’m on record as saying we’re really keen to get David in. He’s trained really well, he was on the verge last week and obviously he’s very, very close this week.”

Inside midfielder Nick Lower, who has served a three-week suspension from round 23 last season, is available, while Dylan Roberton, Jay van Berlo and Antoni Grover have pushed strong claims from the WAFL.

Alex Silvagni, who has been overlooked in the opening two rounds, has been playing as a forward in the state league and Lyon said the club was trying to “round him off with a bit more offensive play”.

“He’s really important as a key defender going forward. He’ll certainly play his part this year.

“[But] it would be easy to put him where he’s really comfortable in the WAFL and just leave him deep in defence.

“We like to get them out of their comfort zone and play up the other end. It forces you to be creative and go at the ball and also not be reactive to an opponent.

“That’s been the thinking and we’re sure that’s going to help him be a better defender when he comes back into the senior mix.”

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