The AFL finals hopes of Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin appears bleak at best, with the 30-year-old expected to miss between two to three weeks with a hamstring injury.
But Dockers coach Ross Lyon is confident his team have the weapons to overcome the loss of McPharlin and post an upset win over Geelong in Saturday night's elimination final at the MCG.
McPharlin's finals plans were thrown into disarray on Saturday night when he injured his hamstring in Fremantle's 61-point win over Melbourne.
Even if seventh-placed Fremantle defied the odds by reaching the preliminary final, McPharlin would only be an outside chance to play, with the 209-game veteran needing the team to book a grand final berth to be a realistic shot of featuring again in 2012.
Retiring defender Antoni Grover and Alex Silvagni lead the race to replace McPharlin, whose expert marshalling of Fremantle's defence this season has put him in line to earn his maiden All-Australian jumper.
Geelong's twin towers of James Podsiadly and Tom Hawkins represent a formidable challenge for Fremantle's defence, and Lyon said it was up to the club's pressure through the midfield and forward line to curb Geelong's attacking opportunities.
"Luke's had a terrific year, as well as Zac (Dawson) and Michael Johnson," Lyon said on Monday.
"But why has that occurred?
"Because their teammates up the field have given them a chance to defend strongly.
"That will be the principle that all teams take in and that we'll focus on this week as well.
"(Geelong) are an electric team with the ball; highly skilled; a triple premiership team if you don't apply pressure.
"That will be the challenge.
"I won't pay too much attention to Luke from here. As brutal as that sounds, that's the reality of it. We'll deal with the ones in front of us now.
"He has had a great year so we will miss him, but it's a great opportunity for someone else."
Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich, who has battled issues with his Achilles tendon, hamstring and adductor in recent weeks, said he was feeling good heading into the club's first finals campaign since 2010.
"I've pulled up pretty well and I'm certainly aiming to train later in the week, probably Thursday before we fly out," Pavlich said.
"That's the first main training session I've had for a number of weeks, so I'm a lot better positioned than I have been in the previous few weeks."