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Aussie Rules: Fyfe facing spell out with back issue

Fremantle have been hit by the news Nat Fyfe is facing a spell on the sidelines as they try to get to the bottom of the lower back pain he is suffering from.

The Dockers are priced at 4/5 to beat St Kilda at Optus Stadium on Sunday but there will be no sign of captain Fyfe as he struggles with injury once again.

Lower back pain

Fyfe missed the end of last season after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction and after a number of setbacks throughout pre-season looked to be closing on a return.

It was hoped that he would be back for the start of the season but missed the round-one victory over Adelaide last weekend.

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Coach Justin Longmuir has revealed the player is struggling with an old back injury that has flared up again and he will need scans.

"We'll need to send him off for a scan,” Longmuir said. "We're still hoping it's short-term. Fingers crossed he won't miss too much footy. At this stage it's a minor setback."

No time frame

Even so Longmuir says they are unable to put a time frame on his return and he will only play again once he is 100percent ready.

“We need to make sure we get him right,” Longmuir added. “When we get him back, we want him to stay (in the side) and we want him to be in a really good place with his footy.

"I can't give you a time frame, but he's going to miss some footy in the short term."

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