The Sydney Swans say they may not know till Wednesday whether Lance Franklin will be fit to play against his former club Hawthorn on Friday.
Sydney’s $10 million man Lance Franklin may not know until Wednesday whether he’ll be passed fit to play in Friday’s AFL clash with his former club Hawthorn.
Franklin missed last weekend’s win over Brisbane with knee tendonitis and coach John Longmire said on Monday the problem was improving slowly.
“I’ll have a chat about it again tomorrow at our medical meeting but we may not know any more until Wednesday’s training about whether he plays,” said Longmire.
“We would be expecting him to be able to do some training on Wednesday.”
Longmire said Franklin was focusing on getting his knee right rather than thinking about playing against his old club for the first time.
Fellow forward Kurt Tippett was a strong chance to play his first senior game of the season on Friday after pulling up well from a hard session on Saturday.
However, in a blow to Sydney’s prospects against the premiers on Friday, first-choice ruckman Mike Pyke has been ruled out with a slight hamstring strain.
“It’s only minor. If it was a longer week he may have been a chance,” Longmire said.
With Pyke out, off-season recruit Tom Derickx is poised to shoulder the majority of the ruck burden against the Hawks.