FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon has failed to shed light on the mystery surrounding Ryan Crowley, apart from saying his star tagger "is working through issues".
Lyon also revealed Crowley was not available for selection but would not comment any further.
Crowley was not named in the Dockers' 29-man squad to face the Sydney Swans on Sunday after failing to play in the Dockers' first NAB Challenge clash against Melbourne.
The 31-year-old ran laps at training on Wednesday and did so again on Friday, but there has been no suggestion of an injury.
Lyon simply reiterated that he is not available for selection despite training.
"I'm not in a position to comment really except to reiterate the club's statement that he's working through an issue that doesn't see him available to play at the minute," Lyon said.
"We're really supportive but I'm not in a position to comment any further."
When pressed further, Lyon said he was not too concerned about the situation.
"He'll be training. We're not too fussed," Lyon said.
"Players are pretty resilient. We're really supportive of each other, coaches, players, and as a football club.
"You wear the purple, you're part of our family so to speak. But it's not something we're overly focused on.
"I focus on those that can, not those that can't."
When asked again about the matter, Lyon joked: "Am I talking Swahili? I'll be making no further comments.
"If you want to take it any further up the chain you can contact our CEO, but I'm sure he'll have the same position."
The issues surrounding Crowley have come as a shock given the tagger has been one of Ross Lyon's most reliable players over the past three seasons.
Crowley won the best and fairest in Lyon's first season at the club and hasn't missed a game since round 20, 2011. He needs to play just 12 matches to reach the 200-game milestone.
Lyon understood the interest in Crowley but was firm that he would not comment any further.
"The speculation will probably go on and our fans and members will be definitely interested. I agree with that," Lyon said.
"I'm pretty relaxed about it all. But I'll certainly make no further comment."