BRISBANE expects skipper Dayne Zorko to be ready to face Fremantle in its first game back, despite the star midfielder's Achilles troubles.

The Lions have returned to the Gabba in recent weeks and the 31-year-old has been on modified training.

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But coach Chris Fagan said the four-time best and fairest winner will be fit to play the Dockers on Saturday, June 13 when the Lions' season resumes.

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"Last week he had a bit of Achilles soreness. You don't muck around with Achilles and if you get on with them quickly, they usually settle down," Fagan said on Monday.

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"Our expectation is he'll be fine for round [two]. He just had a quieter week last week, as would've anyone who was a bit sore, just to adapt to the load again."

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Zorko trained with the main group on Monday. Another player who the Lions expect to be out there against Fremantle is ruckman Stefan Martin.

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The veteran big man suffered a torn PCL in his right knee during the club's round one loss to Hawthorn.

But the COVID-19 shutdown of the competition, which was announced during that game at the MCG against the Hawks, has meant Martin won't miss a beat after partaking in the Lions' mini intra-club match last Friday.

"He's the first bloke ever to do a [PCL] and not miss a game in a season. He's a freak," Fagan said.

Brisbane ruckman Stefan Martin with his knee iced up during the R1 clash against the Hawks. Picture: AFL Photos

The Lions will use the Dockers' Marsh Community Series and round one performances as a guide to how they expect Justin Longmuir's men to play.

But the coach admitted there was some uncertainty attached to that process as well, which is foreign for clubs who usually so know the tactics of oppositions sides with ease.

"We know that was three months ago but that's all you've got to go by, there's nothing else you can go by," Fagan said. 

"The focus will be when we start again how we want to play and not so much the opposition, which in a sense is how it is most weeks anyway.

"It's going to be a 'Magical Mystery Tour' this football season, I reckon. That's a Beatles line, that one, but it will be. I don't know what's going to happen, but it's going to be interesting."