Lyon says Fyfe alright
Ross Lyon says star midfielder Nathan Fyfe pulled up well after Friday’s eight point loss to Carlton and is good to go for Saturday’s clash against Gold Coast and beyond.
Fyfe missed the round 4 win over St Kilda after he injured his troublesome left shoulder in round 3.
The 20-year-old returned to action against the Blues on Friday night and had 22 disposals and six tackles, an outcome that left Lyon satisfied.
“He got through unscathed, particularly in the first half he was really strong,” Lyon said.
“I think we’d all be happy that he got through and contributed.”
Fyfe’s heavily strapped left shoulder was tested on a few occasions on Friday.
A heavy bump with Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer in the second term left the Freo youngster looking a bit sore and caused him to protect the shoulder in the ensuing minutes.
Lyon recalled the incident, but said he wasn’t concerned after the club’s doctors and physios had cleared Fyfe.
“There’s no issue with Nathan,” he said.
“Sometimes you get a dead arm.
“He was opened up a little bit, but that’s a really good test. He walks away with a little more confidence, which is good.”
The Freo coach said he looked forward to seeing Fyfe be a major contributor to the side this season.
“He’s a terrific young player,” Lyon said.
“We want to see the great players, not that he’s a great player yet, but we want him to become one.
“It’s good if he can continue on for himself and us and the fans.”
Fyfe echoed his coach’s sentiments and said Friday night’s match had given him a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.
“I came through it fine,” he said.
“I look forward to playing the rest of the season.”