Team news ahead of Thursday night Eagles clash

The will-he, won't-he merry-go-round is about to kick off, days out from the Swans taking on the Eagles on Thursday night.

The Swans will will have a difficult decision ahead of the game, with forward duo Tom Papley and Gary Rohan coming off the long term injury list.

While they're both set to be ready for selection, without training throughout the pre-season, spending almost all of it on the LTI list, it would be a significant risk to include either, or both, for the vital clash.

“It is just a matter of whether they have done enough training,” Longmire said.

“They trained this week but is that enough for them to play?

“They may not have done enough for next Thursday night particularly if you play one or two of them over in Perth on a big deck, we need to be mindful of that."

Kurt Tippett appears to be the only inclusion from the missing ground, overcoming an ankle injury. How he trains throughout the week will help Longmire decide if he should be risked.

He is some chance of playing, he didn’t train last week so he will need to show something at training this week.”

Isaac Heeney on the other hand, will resume full training this week with the senior squad as he continues his recovery from glandular fever. He won't be considered for selection this week. Jarrad McVeigh, Heeney, Papley and Rohan form a group of players that are set to return to the field in the coming weeks.

“The aim was always to be as competitive as we possibly could be for that first month and that is still our aim,” Longmire said.

“We have another week to go in that first month and we need to be as competitive as we can to see how we go.”

dismiss x

2018 Player Sponsorship Program

The Swans Blog is delighted to be a 2018 Sydney Swans Redback member. While we're delighted to be members ourselves in such a prestigious, respected and loved club, we're extending the opportunity to you, followers and readers of The Swans Blog, to share in our experience and to become a membership with us.

We've already purchased the membership, and now we're looking for 24 supporters, followers and readers, to join us on our 2018 maiden journey. You'll share the excitement of the Sydney Swans journey, participate in match functions, have your say in who we nominate, as well as the football tips.

Best of all, if the Swans make it to the Grand Final in 2018, you could be the one representing us!

Interested? Let us know!.

dismiss x

Since you're here...

... we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading The Swans Blog than ever, but we don't accept advertising, and don't want to do so in the future. Unlike many other news and media organisations, fan forums and fan media, we haven't put up a paywall, or displayed ads - we want to keep our content as open as possible.

The Swans Blog is an independent fan blog and community platform. Our content takes a lot of time and hard work to produce. We do it because we love what we do and we believe our perspective matters - because it may be your perspective too.

If everyone who reads our blog, who likes it, is supporting it, our future would be much more secure.

Make a one-off contribution →

Want instant access to the latest blog and news content from The Swans Blog?
Download our Android App from Google Play today.

Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

Melbourne, Australia http://theswansblog.com

Subscribe to The Swans Blog

Get the latest posts delivered right to your inbox.

or subscribe via RSS with Feedly!