Fremantle Dockers defender Luke Ryan confident he’ll face Carlton Blues despite illness

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Fremantle defender Luke Ryan is confident he’ll face Carlton despite missing training this week because of illness.

The Doig medallist was a noticeable absentee at Cockburn on Wednesday but says “he’s turned the corner” ahead of the Dockers’ bumper clash against the Blues at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.

“I was pretty sick and sore I reckon on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday but I’ve turned the corner lucky enough,” Ryan told 6PR.

“I ran some laps yesterday and I’ll probably do a bit more today and see how I go. On the captain’s run the day before the game I’ll do a little bit more again.

“I definitely will be (good to play).”

Ryan, 26, said there was a “good rivalry” building between Fremantle and Carlton in recent years.

“We match up really well against each other and no matter where we’re playing it’s always a good game,” he said.

“They’re contested ball is obviously they’re number one, they’ve got big midfielders in there, so beat them at the source there.

“And obviously stopping (Charlie) Curnow and (Harry) McKay, two massive forwards who can kick massive goals and really quickly as well.”

Fremantle remained coy on if spearhead Matt Taberner would also play, having returned from a back injury for Peel Thunder at the weekend.

“I think they’re doing the best thing for him,” Ryan said.

“Over the last couple of times he’s come in and played off one game he’s reinjured himself again and this is a long flight.

“I don’t know if they want to give him another week in the WAFL just to run around and get some more minutes into him to get ready for another big game next week.”

Selection for the big game is this afternoon, with the Dockers expected to name forward Michael Frederick after he missed their last clash with suspension after drinking on a six-day break.

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