Savage broke his jaw in Sunday's pre-season challenge against the Bulldogs and has been ruled out of the Raiders' Round 1 encounter with the Cowboys.
The injury will bring winger Jordan Rapana into the number-one jersey for this week's trial against the West Tigers, a position he has only played 14 games in at a top-grade level.
"It's not ideal going through the whole pre-season with Xav - myself and Xav have worked really hard since I've come back to pre-season to get that combination going and just to get a steady start to the season," Fogarty told AAP.
"To lose him we're kind of back to square one with a new fullback, but we've got the players here and the right coaching staff to get us a ready for the early rounds."
Last year it was Fogarty who was the Raiders' pre-season casualty after he injured his kned and missed the opening 11 rounds of the competition.
The loss of Fogarty and dummy half Josh Hodgson, who also succumbed to a knee injury, saw the Raiders stumble out of the starting blocks last season, winning just 5 games in 11 starts.
"Last year we probably didn't start too well and by the back end of the season, everyone saw what we can do when we were on," Fogarty continued.
"So for us it's just about trying to start that earlier, keeping it simple and doing all the fundamental things and execute and I'm sure we'll give ourselves a chance."
Further injury or poor form from the inexperienced Savage could see Stuart face serious scrutiny for letting their Grand Finalist fullback join the Warriors.
However, Fogarty was adamant that Rapana could do the job in the absence of Savage stating, "Raps can do the job there. We've seen it before last year in a couple of games he's gone back to play fullback.
"Raps is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of person in general, but also as a footballer.
"He's never holding the wing anyway, he's always roaming around so it probably suits him very well."