John Longmire today confirmed that 23-year-old midfielder Harry Cunningham will be sidelined for six weeks as he recovers from a partial Lisfranc ligament tear in his ankle.
The young midfielder, who had kicked two goals and had 12 disposals in the match until he was forced off, was lucky to avoid a lengthy spell off the field, with Michael Talia missing 12 months and Dane Swan forced into retirement with similar injuries.
Swans coach Longmire confirmed that Harry luckily avoided surgery, but will be stuck in a moon boot for the time being.
"It's really unfortunate for him. He's been in very good form and really important for us, so it's a bit of a setback," he said.
"Fortunately he's avoided surgery, which is a good thing because that would mean the season.
"We got a couple of players back (last week) and it's a bit like swings and roundabouts at times, but you've got to be able to deal with that.
"We've been pleased with the players that have come into the team and we've got players in good form in the reserves as well."
Last week, Jarrad McVeigh failed to finish the match with a minor hamstring strain, alongside Sam Naismith who copped a knock to his previously injured knee late in the 3rd quarter.
Longmire confirmed that McVeigh wouldn't be available for selection until after the bye, while Naismith and Kieren Jack would be in contention this week.
"It's really just a medical call (with Jack); it's more about whether he's right to play and if he's done enough work on his hip," Longmire said.
"The good thing is he's done the training session, but it's obviously a massive step up to play against the Hawks at the SCG on a Friday night."
The Swans have one of their fittest lists for quite sometime, with Alex Johnson and Harry Cunningham the only long-term absentees, while Shaun Edwards and Dane Rampe made their comebacks on the weekend.
Fingers crossed the Swans come out of this Friday night's match injury free and crack in the next fortnight.
|Jarrad McVeigh||Hamstring||2 Weeks|
|Harry Cunningham||Ankle||6 Weeks|
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