AFL Rd 3 - Adelaide v Gold Coast
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Jarrod Witts of the Suns down with a knee injury during the 2021 AFL Round 03 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Gold Coast Suns at Adelaide Oval on April 02, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Sarah Reed/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew has admitted that Jarrod Witts may miss the Suns' clash against Fremantle, sidelined for the second week in a row.

Witts was a late withdrawal in the Suns' Round 4 loss to St Kilda, with young ruckman Ned Moyle stepping up to make his AFL debut.

With the club set to head to South Australia for Gather Round, Dew admitted that Witts had been struggling with soreness and remained in doubt to feature.

"It's one of those things that's hard to put a timeline on," Dew said.

"He's been a bit sore all year and it's just managing that.

"Some games he's felt really good, and other games he's worked really hard to get through.

"We were just trying to get a bit of a circuit-breaker last week, give him that week off and see what impact that had on him.

"We anticipate when we bring him back in, he's at a really good level and not as sore as he has been.

"We know it's a long year … we won't risk him."

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Ned Moyle of the Suns and Sam Hayes of the Power compete in a ruck contest during an AFL practice match between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power at Metricon Stadium on February 25, 2022 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Ned Moyle performed admirably in his AFL debut and looks set to remain in the side should Witts' absence continue, while Dew admitted that the Suns could make some changes with Brandon Ellis looking likely to return from a calf injury.

Jed Anderson (knee), Sam Flanders (hamstring) and Connor Budarick (knee) all remain on the injury list, while Sean Lemmens and Mabior Chol have impressed in the VFL.

The Suns head into their Gather Round clash against Fremantle with a 1-3 record, with another loss set to be a blow to their 2023 aspirations. The 53-point loss to St Kilda saw the Suns struggle to contain the Saints' momentum in the second half, with Dew admitting the side has plenty to work on.

"There's a number of different ways, whether that's contest, can we defend in a different shape, can we take care of the ball better?" Dew said.

"I felt like last week we really did invite pressure at different times. We can make better decisions with ball in hand, too."

Gold Coast will take on Fremantle on Friday, April 14 at 5:10pm, the first game in a Gather Round doubleheader.