Sydney AFL star Lance Franklin is expected to face former club Hawthorn, with fellow forward Kurt Tippett also in line for a recall after injury.
Lance Franklin is expected to play against former AFL club Hawthorn at the SCG, when the Swans could finally unleash their much-vaunted quartet of top forwards.
Franklin, who moved to Sydney on a nine-year $10 million contract after last season, missed last week’s clash with Brisbane due to knee tendonitis.
But he came through training on Wednesday, as did fellow forward Kurt Tippett, who is expected to play his first senior game of the season on Friday.
“They both trained really well, so we expect them to play at this stage,” Sydney coach John Longmire told the Swans website.
Observers noted Franklin appeared to run and kick freely during training.
Franklin and Tippett, who was Sydney’s leading goalkicker last season, have yet to play a game together.
It will be the first time this year they have both been available at the same time as fellow forwards Adam Goodes and Sam Reid, who have also missed games through injury.
“They obviously haven’t played much footy together and, with the other players as well, but it’s good to have them available,” Longmire said.
Sydney and former Hawthorn midfielder Josh Kennedy wasn’t expecting too much from the star-studded forward quartet.
“Those things take time, but I think their presence on the field will lift everyone else as well,” Kennedy said.
He said Franklin hadn’t spoken about the prospect of playing against his former club.
“I think it will be a pretty big deal for him. Obviously, the history he had there at Hawthorn is immense,” Kennedy said.
“We’re not going to pretend that it wouldn’t and it’s just another game.
“But at least he’ll know that he’s got 21 other players behind him.”
Kennedy said he didn’t expect too much from Tippett, who has played only one-half of a reserves game this season due to knee and rib injuries.
“Hopefully, (he’ll) take a few grabs, just be a real beacon for us up forward and, if anything, just take out one of their good-quality defenders,” Kennedy said.
Franklin and Tippett apart, Sydney could also recall Lewis Roberts-Thomson this week, with first-choice ruckman Mike Pyke out with a minor hamstring strain.