FREMANTLE is battling one of the longest injury lists in the competition and coach Justin Longmuir says it is up to the whole club turn around the problem.
The Dockers this week ruled out midfielder Darcy Tucker for the rest of the season after he underwent hamstring surgery, while match-winner Michael Walters will miss Sunday's clash with Collingwood with a minor hamstring strain.
Nat Fyfe is expected to return from his own hamstring issues and Brennan Cox needs to overcome a hip injury, while the likes of Jesse Hogan (calf), Stephen Hill (adductor), Alex Pearce (ankle), Hayden Young (ankle), Joel Hamling (ankle) and Sam Sturt (ankle) are unavailable for varying lengths due to injury battles.
Longmuir said the Dockers needed to tackle the issue as a club.
"It's on everyone. It's on the way we prepare [the players], it's on the way they prepare themselves. Some of it's unlucky," he said on Friday.
"We review every injury on its merits and come to a finding on all injuries, so we'll continue to do that and continue to work on all our practices at the footy club, individuals included."
Walters is expected to only miss one game after scans revealed a minor hamstring strain from Monday's loss to Geelong. The Dockers' next game is on Monday, August 10 against Hawthorn.
"There's definitely a strain there. We had it scanned and we had a second review on that scan and it looks like he's got a really minor strain. I expect him to miss only one week with it," Longmuir said.
"It barely showed up on the scan but we're not willing to risk him this week, and clearly he'll have to tick a lot of boxes next week to play, but we'll give him that opportunity."
Longmuir for the first time as senior will come up against the Magpies, where he departed last season as assistant coach. He hopes his insights into Collingwood's players and game plan will assist the Dockers to an upset win at Optus Stadium.
"It helps with preparing our players especially for individuals and their system, but there's not a lot of secrets in footy these days. I think every club knows how every club plays," he said.
"They've clearly changed a few things since I left and they've got some different personnel but I feel I've given our players some decent insight."
Connor Blakely will line up for his first game at senior level this year – and in 11 months – having been named as a confirmed starter by Longmuir.