Lyon says many of his injured stars are ahead of schedule and was looking forward to their return.
Fremantle forward Michael Walters is set to make a surprise early return from a serious ankle injury after coach Ross Lyon initially feared he may miss the rest of the season because of the injury which occurred back in Round 3.
Walters dislocated a tendon in his ankle against Hawthorn, but after successful surgery the 23-year-old has moved ahead of schedule with his rehabilitation.
The forward has started running and Lyon told 6PR Radio on Monday that he was looking forward to having Walters back in the squad.
“He is moving and he’s super fit,” Lyon said.
“He’s in really good shape. He’ll come to hand pretty quickly.
“I’m really excited that we’re going to see him again this year.”
Lyon also revealed that key defender Luke McPharlin was close to a return after a medial ligament strain ruled him out of action since Round 12.
Fellow defender Michael Johnson suffered the exact same injury in the same fixture, and both were expected to miss up to three weeks of AFL action.
“Luke’s progressing really well,” Lyon said.
“He’s a bit of a chance I suppose. But we wouldn’t take any risks with him. If he’s right to play he’ll play.
“McPharlin is probably ahead of Johnson, and Johnson is not too far behind him.”
Fremantle are on a five-match winning streak and currently sit in fourth on the AFL ladder.