FREMANTLE superstar Nat Fyfe says he has avoided serious damage to his troublesome elbow after being forced from the training track at Cockburn on Monday.

The Dockers were concerned for their skipper after he was tackled and landed heavily on his right arm, which has been bandaged in recent weeks to protect an inflamed bursa.

“(It’s) not too bad. Sent a bit of a scare through the camp,” Fyfe told Perth radio station 6PR.

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“I’ve got an inflamed bursa on my right elbow, which I’m training with strapped up at the moment, and I got tackled and landed quite heavily on that exact spot.

“It’s pretty painful, but not lasting damage. It’s just something I’ll have to manage for the next couple of weeks.”

The news is a relief to the Dockers, whose depleted midfield stocks can ill-afford another injury setback with Connor Blakely (hamstring) out until about round seven and Stephen Hill (quad) sidelined until at least round three.

Fyfe expected 33-year-old veteran David Mundy would be shifted from his predominantly forward role to help cover dual Doig medallist Lachie Neale’s absence in the early rounds.

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Neale led the Dockers for average disposals (30.1) and clearances (7.1) last season, and ranked second for contested possessions (15) and tackles (4.2).

“Lach’s a big loss from a leadership capacity and just his general ball-winning, that contested-type player,” Fyfe said.